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New Art Gallery of Nova Scotia building is inspired by indigenous Mi’kmaq culture

The Art Newspaper | December 02, 2020

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The design for the new Art Gallery of Nova Scotia building draws from indigenous Mi’kmaq culture. The serpentine design of the building refers to the shape of a local eel or katew, while the entranceway and façade refer to a traditional woman’s peaked hat and traditional weaving practices, respectively. Mi'kmaq artist Jordan Bennet says that, “we wanted to create a space that echoed our natural environment—no sharp edges. In accordance to our Elders’ wishes, there are no places for energy to be trapped in corners. We moved away from the idea of the square and the square building.” Bennet collaborated on the project with Omar Gandhi, KPMB Architects, elder Lorraine Whitman, Public Work landscape design, and Transsolar Engineering.

Learn more about the winning design for the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia building here:

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