Art tile says buy more art not buildings88 million and climbing, should have been spent on art! image from: http://www.cbc.ca/arts/story/2005/10/13/gallerydesign_051013.html

It will cost $2 ,514.2857 dollars per square foot of exhibition space!

The building started out at 40 some million dollars. It quickly mushroomed to $60 million dollars in cost, and has now climbed to  $88 Million in cost and it isn’t even started! By the time it is done it will probably cost $ 188 million or more! Unlike the first art gallery, this eye sore that will blind the drivers on the road, is designed. . . not by some one living in edmonton, or alberta or canada, oh no, it is designed by someone from another country! That long flowing white elephant tusk, wrapped around the building, that will blind plane pilots,  looks like it is worth enough money to buy 10 group of seven paintings, and at least 100 paintings from local edmonton artists!

 In My Opinion support of the arts, is supporting the building that houses the art, by putting another $88 million of art work inside the building hanging on the walls. Putting $88 million and more into a building is supporting the property developers, not the art scene.

http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=A1ARTA0010267

Has an excellent article on the “current” art gallery in Edmonton, now named the Art Gallery of Alberta! This building was built in 1969 with an addition wing put onto it in 1977.

It is not even 40 years old and the current council wants to tear it down, rubblize it, and make way for a building that will cost at least $88 million dollars!

According to the article the art gallery of Alberta only has $30,000,000 ($30 million) worth of art in it!

Yes, instead of buying 88 million dollars worth of new art to put in the art gallery, council instead wants to demolish a building that was built to last 100 years, 60 years ahead of its lifespan , so a big white elephant $ 88 million dollar behemoth can be built to house a meager $30 million worth of art.

According to council the building is desperately needed! why?, I have no idea why, other than it seams there is 88 million lying around that someone wants to spend spend spend.

Because the current art gallery across from city hall is falling down or something. . . Maybe all that concret is toxic! or there is structural damage that is making it unsafe!

One would think that the art inside would be worth more than the building housing the art inside. Yes, instead of buying up some fantastic art to put in that near empty building , council deems it more nessesary to build a big building. apperantly for an art gallery, the building is more important than the art inside.

Yes, after a mere 40 years, that current art gallery , just isn’t good enough according to some people. There is no engineering studies I have seen that show how the current art gallery building is a decrepid piece of ruin ready to fall down and kill every one inside! But those naysayers are just a hounding on how the current art gallery isn’t good enough, isnt safe enough, isn’t up to code or something.

Whatever that something is, it seams to be shortening the life span of a building built to last 100 years to under half of it’s life span. I drove by that building the other day and did not see any bottom to roof cracks in it!

Of course in this overheated economy, that 88 million dollars will probably mushroom into $188 million dollars or more.  Governments in Alberta have an extensive history of under guesstimating thier white elephant projects.

Architects Donald G. Bittorf and B. James Wensley of the current art gallery are probably having  heart attacks if still alive or spinning over in thier graves if now dead, at the audacity of council to be wanting to tear down the excellent building they designed.

It is not the building that will attract people. It is the artwork inside that people come to view and gaze upon. The building could look like a polluted pig stye, as long as there is art worth seeing in the building people will come into it, to see the art work.

the rumormongering is that some people support the arts!, In My Opinion support of the arts, is supporting the building that houses the art, by putting another $88 million of art work inside the building hanging on the walls. Putting $88 million and more into a building is supporting the property developers, not the art scene.

For real leadership that actually supports the art scene in Edmonton, Vote Dave Dowling for Mayor of Edmonton.

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