August 31, 2014
A new Canada Post stamp about 'The Canadian Museum for Human Rights' was released on August 20, 2014. The stamp was designed by Adrian Shum of Circle Design (Rob Peters - owner) and featured my architectural photographs on the stamp itself, as well as on the First Day Cover and the stamp booklet. I feel both fortunate and proud to have my imagery appear in six Canada Post stamp projects to date. 'The Canadian Museum for Human Rights', an architectural wonder designed by American architect Antoine Predock,opens on September 20, 2014.
Last night I posted a few photographs of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights showing the 'Tower of Hope' lit up GREEN in celebration of St. Patrick's Day. I made those images under blizzard conditions, with the wind howling and snow falling quite heavily.
Always persistent in trying to get the best image possible, I woke up this morning at 4 AM and returned to last night's location on the Saint-Boniface Promenade. I hiked down to the waterfront once more, trudging through snow. Conditions had improved but clouds still covered the sky. I made a few more images and returned home. While making coffee, I noticed that the clouds were starting to clear in the western sky and that the full moon was also setting. I drove back downtown for the third time in 12 hours and made the resulting image you see above, including a few more in the accompanying gallery. Unfortunately, the moon had decended behind the clouds by the time I arrived downtown.
Click on the 'main image' to see the additional photos.
The new Canadian Museum for Human Rights celebrates St. Patrick's Day by 'Going Green'! Its 'Tower of Hope', which normally lights up 'white' will 'glow green' on the eves of March 16 and 17. The CMHR joins iconic buildings all around the world in Tourism Ireland's "Global Greening" celebration. Other participating world iconic structures include the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Sydney Opera House, the London Eye, South Africa's Table Mountain, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
"The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is one of eight Canadian landmarks to take advantage of this opportunity for global publicity and awareness as part of a massive campaign on traditional and social media" says Maureen Fitzhenry, the CMHR's media relations manager. The other Canadian locations are Niagara Falls, the Canadian Museum of Nature, Hotel de Ville de Montreal, Cabot Tower on Signal Hill, Whistler's Olympic resort, St. John's City Hall and Toronto City Hall.
As the 'luck of the Irish' would have it, Winnipeg is experiencing blizzard conditions today. That didn't stop me however from getting a few images. This evening, the ambiant light above the city had a very warm, 'otherworldly glow' to it!
Click on the 'main image' to see a few images of the 'Green Tower of Hope'.
February 19, 2014
The 'Tower of Hope' atop the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights lit up this week during the yearly celebration of 'Festival du Voyageur'. The 'Tower of Hope' has mostly been in the dark during the construction of the building and now during the preparation of the exhibits. We have seen the Tower lit up only on special occasions but hopefully that will be the norm once the Museum opens on September 20th of this year.
January 9, 2014
I was honored to have collaborated on the 2014 Gartner Calendar project. In early 2014, I was commissioned by Gartner to photograph the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) in Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada). Gartner, based in Bavaria, Germany, specializes in facade construction and provided the steel glass 'cloud' of the building, arguably the most interesting part of the design. The 'cloud' facade is formed by five overlapping curved 'wings' enclosing the building.
Gartner is a pioneer in key technologies and their work is part of many construction projects around the world. This 53-page, 2014 premium quality calendar, features many of their latest projects around the globe. Indeed, I feel very honored to have my photographs featured on 6 of the 53 pages of this 64th edition calendar!
"Entering through massive stone 'roots' into the underground atmosphere of the Great Hall, visitors travel on ramps of glowing alabaster, designed as paths of light through darkness that criss-cross skyward in the breathtaking Hall of Hope. Emerging from the Museum's galleries into a Garden of Contemplation beneath the massive glass 'cloud', they travel up into the light-filled Tower of Hope, rising like the peak of an iceberg 100 metres above the ground for a panoramic view of the city and Prairie landscape beyond".
- text from 2014 Gartner Calendar
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights was designed by Antoine Predock (New Mexico) while the main contractor was PCL Contsructors (Winnipeg). Smith-Carter Architects and Engineers (Winnipeg) was the Architect of Record in this project.
The Canadian landscape inspired Antoine Predock's concept for the Museum. Iconic habitats and elements of the region such as vast prairie skies, northern lights, snow, ice, as well as Canadian cultures, including Indigenous cultures, clearly informed the architect’s design for the building. The imagery of icebergs, tree roots, and out-stretched wings also influenced the building's form.
Four main components make up the Museum: the CLOUD, the ROOTS, the MOUNTAIN and the TOWER OF HOPE. The CLOUD symbolizes the wings of a white dove, the symbol for peace. Made up of more than 5000 square metres of windows, it embraces much of the building. The glass cloud is also an allusion to the vaporous state of water. Four large ROOTS at the base of the Museum ground the building to the land on which it sits. Three of the roots will be covered in prairie grasses while the interior will house a diversity of services, including the Museum’s store, a restaurant and classrooms for school groups. The fourth root, covered in Tyndall limestone steps, will serve as a 350-seat outdoor amphitheatre. Similarly, the MOUNTAIN is also made of 450 million year old Tyndall limestone from Manitoba. This is the heart of the Museum where all the permanent exhibit spaces will live. A terrace on the side of the mountain will offer viewers a panoramic view of Saint Boniface and the Esplanade Riel Bridge. Alabaster clad ramps, lit from the interior, provide the main corridor to go from gallery to gallery. Finally, the TOWER OF HOPE represents an iceberg and leads to a viewing platform accessible by either an elevator or a spiral staircase that encircles the tower of hope.
To view the other photographs of the Museum published in the calendar, please 'click' on the photograph of the 2014 Gartner Calendar. Individual photographs from the calendar will then appear at the bottom of the calendar.
I can't wait for the 'Canadian Museum for Human Rights' to open in September of 2014!