Finding Light Through the Concrete of Canada's Holocaust Monument
In 2007, Laura Grosman, an 18-year-old university student in Ottawa learned that Canada was the only Allied nation that didn’t have a monument to victims of the Holocaust. The granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor, Grosman was incensed and began lobbying politicians. It was perplexing that Canada—a country that had played an integral role on the beaches of Normandy in 1944 and helped to end World War II—had no permanent marker for the civilian victims of that war.
Ten years later, Canada’s National Holocaust Monument—also known by its official title, Landscape of Loss, Memory, and Survival—finally opened to the public earlier this fall.Read More
Maria Balshaw Has the Art World on Her Shoulders
The normally staid world of museum exhibitions has been upended over the past two years by a series of protests that have made global headlines. In 2016, Greenpeace shut down an exhibition at the British Museum sponsored by BP Plc, the fossil fuel giant. In March climate activists in Paris staged dramatic protests demanding that the Louvre abandon its financial agreement with Total SA, another oil and gas behemoth.Read More
Visit Whistler’s Audain Museum: A World-Class Gallery in a Relaxed Ski Resort
The Audain Art Museum honors the stunning, unspoiled wilderness in Whistler, British Columbia, the most picturesque resort in town. The Audain Art Museum honors many past and present artists who have been inspired aesthetically and sipiritually by the powers of the landscape. Its permanent collection is a visual homage to the British Columbia's Indigenous people and its unspoiled nature.
Lord Cultural Resources prepared the Strategic Plan for the Audain Art Museum. “To see a collection you would expect to see in a major city in a ski resort and a building that is this sophisticated surrounded by mountains is a special experience.” -Gail LordRead More
Sister Act: Patna Museum is in stellar company with the newly minted Bihar Museum
The generous 5.3-hectare competition site along Patna’s Bailey Road allowed for a variety of planning approaches. Most competitors responded quite directly to the state’s desire to have an “iconic” building—creating dramatic forms, extensive cantilevers, and complex geometries. In contrast, we conceived the Bihar Museum as a “campus”—an interconnected landscape of buildings and exterior spaces with a modest but dynamic profile, in harmony with the land.
To create the “campus”, we gave each zone (entrance, education, exhibition and administration) a distinct and recognizable form within the complex. These independent, smaller-scaled forms were linked together via seven exterior courtyards, ensuring that all spaces were connected to the surrounding landscape, while remaining sheltered and comfortable throughout the year. Each courtyard had a unique theme, configuration and spatial quality; several were strategically located to shelter the existing trees on site.Read More
Brampton gets to work on arts and culture master plan: City announces consulting team to lead strategy
City council has hired consultants to draft up a road map for arts and culture for the next 10 years.
Following a request for proposals process launched over the summer, consultants Lord Cultural Resources and Nordicity have been chosen to develop the city’s strategic direction for arts and culture planning. Consultants will work with community-based steering committee will “provide expertise, represent diverse interests and oversee the plan’s development.”
“A vibrant arts and culture scene is a key component of any great city. It attracts residents, businesses, investment and tourism,” Bob Darling, director of economic development and culture, said.Read More
Bihar Museum's newly opened premises offer world-class display for state's cultural heritage.
A little over a week since its opening, the Bihar Museum has become Patna’s new ‘feel good’ destination. Patna residents are happy they now have a world class museum in their city. And art and culture aficionados find the museum’s modern structure — with its gleaming architecture and interiors, soothing lighting, beautifully displayed artefacts and lush green laws — an oasis of calm amid the crowds and congestion of Patna.
“A visitor can really feel the history of Bihar here,” said Vishi Upadhyay, curator of the Bihar Museum. “It is not merely a gallery of exhibits.”
The Canada-based Lord Cultural Resources (the world’s leading firm specialising in the planning and management of museums) was a consultant on the project, while the construction was executed by Larsen & Toubro.Read More
Studio Libeskind’s National Holocaust Monument Opens in Ottawa
Studio Libeskind has finished work on the National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa, Canada. The monument, located near the Canadian War Museum, honors the millions of victims killed under the Nazi regime and the survivors who emigrated to Canada.Read More
National Holocaust Monument / Studio Libeskind
The National Holocaust Monument, established through the National Holocaust Monument Act by the Government of Canada, will ensure a permanent, national symbol that will honor and commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and recognize Canadian survivors. Through an international design competition, Lord Cultural Resources and its multidisciplinary and multicultural team, was selected to create the Monument for the Government of Canada.Read More
Canada Gets First Holocaust Monument
Canada’s first monument devoted to the Holocaust was unveiled in Ottawa on September 27, 2017. The National Holocaust Monument by Daniel Libeskind's architecture firm pays tribute to the millions of Jews who were massacred by the Nazis, while also recognizing the survivors who escaped to Canada and made a life there. Spread over 0.8 acres, the monument constitutes six tall concrete walls structured like a distorted Star of David. It is an important symbol for Jews as they were compelled to wear it as badges to make it easier for the Nazis to spot them. The tallest of the six volumes is called Sky Void, and is flanked on three sides by four-meter-high walls. Visitors can enter through the space on the fourth side, which also contains Flame of Remembrance and captures a piece of the sky in its slit, notes Dezeen Magazine.Read More
6 Questions about Canada's New National Holocaust Monument
“There were small ones, but there was no national monument” until now, says Dov Goldstein of Lord Cultural Resources, who acted as project manager on the monument. “There was nothing that spoke nationally about the Holocaust.”
Goldstein recalls that the idea of a national Holocaust monument for Canada was actually put forward by a university student named Laura Grossman roughly a decade ago.
Then, in 2009, the idea of a national Holocaust monument was introduced as a private member’s bill in Parliament by Conservative MP Tim Uppal. It received Royal Assent in 2011, and fundraising began.
According to Goldstein, funds for the monument were roughly “half and half” private and public—legally, all proponents of national monuments “are responsible for the funding of their commemorative monument,” states policy on the issue.
In 2013, Lord Cultural responded to a request for proposals for the monument project, and assembled a multidisciplinary team: New York architect Daniel Libeskind, Quebec landscape architect Claude Cormier, Toronto photographer Edward Burtynsky, and University of Toronto Holocaust historian Doris Bergen. Their proposal won in 2014.Read More