The New Rejuventated AGO

    I had the opportunity to photograph the newly redesigned Art Gallery of Ontario before it opened to the public today.

    Although the project has often been referred to as a ‘Reno job’ owing to the fact that much of the structure was left intact, in fact the final result is a building truly transformed. Frank Gehry’s vision of glass, natural light and wood has breathed new life into the AGO, visually and spiritually.

    Even with the final touches still being applied – at the time I was there the magnificent spiral staircase in Walker Court, and the 2nd floor galleria were still being worked on ahead of tomorrow’s official public opening of the building – it is a building that just feels completely sorted from the moment you enter.

    Perhaps one of the best compliments that could be given Gehry’s design is that I think the people of this city will recognize themselves in his creation. As Torontonians, as Canadians.
    The building speaks to me in a way the older structure simply didn’t. Inspired glass vistas, thick wooden tresses, the integration of the city views into the design, this is a thoroughly modern interpretation that celebrates our history and pushes the AGO into a new era.

    Well done to all who worked on, and contributed to this project. And for the many that gave so generously so it could exist, thank-you!

    The Art Gallery of Ontario opens tomorrow for free public tours all weekend long.
    Don’t miss it!

    Olympus E3 w/ 9-18mm Digital Zuiko lens

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