Nearly thirty people from Edmonton’s very active social media community attended the blogger sneak peek today at the new Art Gallery of Alberta in downtown Edmonton. Armed with smartphones, video cameras, audio recorders, and lots of digital cameras, we toured the new building with Sarah Hoyles, the AGA’s Media Relations and Communications Coordinator, and Gilles Hebert, the AGA’s Executive Director.
The very striking building is situated at #2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, on the northeast corner between City Hall and Chancery Hall/Century Place. I think it is just as beautiful on the inside as it is distinct on the outside. Everyone is in for a real treat when it officially opens to the public on January 31!
A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to visit the building with Torch Reporter Chris Wheeler, so I thought I’d start this post with some of the under-construction shots I took at the time:
And here’s one of AGA Board Chair Allan Scott, who has been working to make the new AGA a reality for more than ten years:
On to today’s tour! We met in the foyer, right underneath the borealis.
Here’s a shot of our guides, describing the borealis above:
Our first stop, after the coat check, was Zinc, the Art Gallery of Alberta’s new restaurant. Still under active construction, we got a very quick glimpse at what dining in Churchill Square might be like. As Sharon remarked, standing in Zinc is reminiscent of standing inside Cactus Club Bentall 5 in downtown Vancouver.
Next we ascended the grand staircase to the third level, which provided us with a fantastic eye-level view of the borealis, as well as the opportunity to step outside onto the City of Edmonton Terrace.
We slowly made our way back downstairs, pausing on the second level to learn more about the way the new building is meant to capture snow. It’s explained in this video, which also provides a sneak peek at Storm Room, an interactive ten-minute exhibit featuring water, among other things:
Passing by the front entrance, we next visited the basement level, which features a number of education spaces (the rooms are named after colors, such as orange and yellow), theatre space, the AGA sales office, and the LRT entrance.
A lot of thought went into the design of the new AGA, something that architect Randall Stout illustrated very well during his talk back in September. It’s a building that you have to visit multiple times – it looks different depending on the season, weather, and time of day. It’s a fantastic addition to Edmonton’s downtown, and to the city as a whole.
Thanks to everyone who made it out to the tour today! You can see the rest of my photos here.
Here are some of the other posts from today’s tour (I’ll update as more appear):
- Proud to be an Edmontonian: Art Gallery of Alberta at daveberta.ca
- Art Gallery of Alberta at eatingisthehardpart.com
- AGA Sneak Peek from @lealea
- Art Gallery of Alberta – Sneak Peek at momentsindigital.com
- Blogger’s Tour of the Alberta Gallery of Art from @livingsanctuary
- Art Gallery of Alberta from @sirthinks
- The new Art Gallery of Alberta at marisasano.ca
- Inside the Art Gallery of Alberta at alexabboud.wordpress.com
- AGA from @evolvingblue
- Art Gallery of Alberta – Q&A session and Photos from @alainsaffel
- Video tour of the AGA from @zoomjer
- Art Gallery of Alberta – sneak peek at alainsaffel.com
- A blogger’s tour of the AGA from @britl
- Art’s deeper meaning at communityintelligence.ca
- A Gem for the Core: the Art Gallery of Alberta at onlyhereforthefood.ca
- Back to Square 2: Art Gallery of Alberta Sneak Peek at korymathewson.com
- Today the AGA, tomorrow the other news stuff at theedmontonian.com
- Art Gallery of Alberta Social Media Tour at adamsnider.com
- Peeking Behind the Curtains of the AGA at iheartedmonton.com