In 2017, Canada will be celebrating 150 years since Confederation. In anticipation of this historic milestone, CBC/Radio-Canada teamed up with a number of national collaborators to spark a conversation where Canadians can meet and connect. Todd was invited to share his ideas at the Calgary session. Hear his thoughts below.
OK, so we've got the Calatrava bridge. Check. We've got the Foster skyscraper. Check. We've even got a Gehry-esque art museum -- oh wait, scratch that... that's Edmonton (well, technically it IS the Art Gallery of Alberta, isn't it?)
So Calgary's got all the trappings of a biggish, modern, global city of a million people. Where are the musuems of contemporary art in this city? Sure, we've got some decent galleries -- don't get me wrong -- and the Art Gallery of Calgary on Stephen Ave is great for the space and size of it. But where's our MOMA? (Or, for that matter, where is our dedicated museum of art at ALL?)
I'm sure someone has some plan for it, but wouldn't the old Telus World of Science building on 11th street SW be perfect for this? When the new science centre opens sometime later this year, what is to become of the existing one? It's an odd building -- certainly not one that would work converted to office or commercial space (or worse, residential... althougth that big round planetarium would make a killer "media room" wouldn't it?)
If they tear down that building, that will be a loss of one of the only examples of modern, 1960-era brutalist architecture in Calgary.
How about a new home for a museum of contemporary art? Or, a dedicated museum for photographic art? Maybe this is already in the grand plan somewhere, but if it is, I haven't heard about it.
Does anyone out there know what the plan is for that structure? And does anyone else agree that it should be saved and turned into a cultural refuge in a city that's still lacking?