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    September 28, 2014
    I was recently in the Canadian Museum for Human Rights on assignment, the first time since last winter when I created the final set of images for the Canada Post stamp which was released last month. On this assignment, I created some interior photos of the space featuring the glass 'cloud'. I also captured a few exterior images at dusk and with the full moon rising behind it. I was 'tickled pink' to see my stamp and First Day Issue Envelope mounted and framed on one of the interior walls.

    Click on the image to see more images from this latest series.
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    September 15, 2014
    Canada's newest museum - the Canadian Museum for Human Rights - is poised to open this week. After more than a decade of construction, the Museum will open its doors on Saturday, September 20 as the City of Winnipeg and the Province of Manitoba welcome guests and tourists from all over the world. This architectural icon and state-of-the-art museum, designed by Antoine Predock and constructed by PCL, features prominently on the city's skyline. I am looking forward to finally seeing the completed exhibits.
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    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.
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    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!
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    November 10, 2013
    The new Canadian Museum for Human Rights is an architectural wonder built on the Forks National Historic Site in Winnipeg. Scheduled to open to the public on September 20, 2014, the Museum is certain to be a popular destination for tourists from around the world.

    American architect Antoine Predock's concept of the Museum was heavily influenced by the Canadian landscape. Elements such as prairie skies, northern lights, snow, icebergs, tree roots and bird wings featured prominently in the design, as well as elements of Canadian culture.

    I spent many hours this summer and fall capturing different views of the CMHR for various clients from different angles, various vantage points, at different times of the day and in different seasons. Being such an interesting building, it offers tremendous potential for photography. The weather alone provides such diverse imagery.

    In the fall, I was commissioned by the German company 'Gartner Steel and Glass' who provided the principal materials for the 'cloud'. I covered a lot of territory walking about to capture wide angle views of the building in the context of the city skyline as well as capturing more intimate and abstract details of the architecture. If you think the exterior is something to behold, wait until you see the inside! I am looking forward to photographing the interiors in the very near future.

    CLICK on the main image to see more exterior images of the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
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