“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.“ – Pablo Picasso
The Vancouver Art Gallery has unveiled the conceptual design for its new building, hoping to inspire a city to embrace s the ultimate fruition of a dream born over a decade ago.
The plans, by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, are for the gallery’s new site at Georgia and Cambie streets, which was donated by the City of Vancouver.
The new gallery will boast more than 300,000 square feet of space, which is more than double its current exhibition space.
Cost still an obstacle
The toal cost has been pegged at $350,000 million, including a $50 million operations endowment. So far, the province has committed $50 million, with another $23 million committed to the project by the gallery’s Board of Trustees, which leaves another $277 million to go.
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Feedback on social media about the design has been mostly positive, though some people have compared it to a stack of boxes: