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Vancouver Art Gallery Expansion & Relocation | Discussion

It may be some way off but I am curious what people think about the next phase of life for the Vancouver Art Gallery? There is talk about it either expanding or relocating to a new site downtown, likely at the Beatty Street parking lot site beside the Queen Elizabeth theatre.

I came across an interesting thread about a proposed Guggenheim Museum franchise in Mexico that is a skyscraper.





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Design it like a giant Pacific Triton Seashell partially buried in the sand, the sides would be translucent letting in light. Inside you'd have a spiral ramp that slowly climbs to the top with the art on the inside wall, that way you could walk the whole thing and not miss any halls or nooks. Heck you could move the giant crab from the planetrium and place it next to it and have the whole lot covered in sand.
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Do you guys remember months back when somebody posted what must have been a hoax rendering? It looked like a rectangular box suspended on 4 "springs" on the corners, and there was discussion that this was going in at the carpark next to the QE, and would be the future VAG...

Where did that come from?
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Don't remember seeing that rendering, but that location is the earmarked for a art+culture facility after the winter games.
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That was Tadao Ando's brilliant VAG design, but it never progressed into a serious proposal, as far as I recall.

This SSC thread mentions Ando, but it doesn't have the rendering in question. Maybe someone else has it.
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These ones (posted by mr. x in that SSC thread) are amazing:





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I'm glad that the VAG is looking for more spacious digs. However, it will be hard for them to replicate their situation at the corner of Hornby and Robson.

Let's not kid ourselves: Any relocation will involve the moving of the gallery to an inferior location. So what it gains in square footage and modern architecture is offset by a significant loss of profile.

On the other hand... if Ando was designing the new digs...
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I'd like to see the Art Gallery expand where the current Sears building is.
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I'd like to see the Art Gallery expand where the current Sears building is.
ah a good use for the half empty building

3 floors are closed down now



was thinking they need to either turn the top floors into office space or some kind of hotel like they are doing to the macys in portland
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I'd like to see the current buildings... or their facades, stay. Then rip out the middle portions of them and build a 30-40 story museum/office tower, the facade of this tower matching the original facade at the bottom of course... hell, plant Ivy at the bottom that will grow up the building... would make for a very nice piece 20-30 years down the road.
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John Mackie, Vancouver Sun
Published: Saturday, December 08, 2007

VANCOUVER - In a few years, Vancouver might have a new art gallery, a new museum, a new maritime museum, a new national aboriginal art gallery, a new national portrait gallery and a new waterfront sports stadium. Or not.

There is no shortage of big ideas floating around, but how many of them will come to fruition is debatable.

The Vancouver Maritime Museum has been looking at relocating on and off since the 1980s.

The Vancouver Art Gallery has spent four years looking for a new site.

The Vancouver Whitecaps had hoped to have a soccer stadium ready for 2007, but getting the bureaucratic approval has been so slow the stadium is probably at least three years away - even though team owner Greg Kerfoot has offered to pay for the stadium himself.

It's a far cry from Toronto, where the Art Gallery of Ontario is doing a $254-million expansion, designed by the internationally renowned architect Frank Gehry.

The Royal Ontario Museum is undergoing its own $275-million expansion designed by another internationally renowned architect, Daniel Libeskind.

The Toronto FC soccer club plays in a new $70-million stadium, BMO Field.

Local art collector, philanthropist and developer Michael Audain thinks Vancouver is in dire need of some new cultural facilities.

"We are very underfunded in cultural infrastructure in this town, whether it's in terms of theatres, concert halls or the art museum side of things," says Audain, who recently donated $1 million to a new museum featuring the work of artist Bill Reid. "We're very underfunded compared to Toronto or Montreal, let alone our almost sister city to the south, Seattle."

Condo king Bob Rennie is also big on culture - he's building his own private gallery in Chinatown to showcase his contemporary art collection.

"Look to cities around the world that we like to go to," Rennie says. "You just check off the boxes. They have theatre, they have opera, they have music, they have art. We've got to get to a point where we can tick off all the boxes. How many of our tourists are coming here just for culture?"

Audain also says it makes good business sense to put resources into cultural facilities.

"People tell me that cultural tourism and eco-tourism are the two most rapidly growing sectors in the tourism industry," he says. "They also tell me that cultural tourists are the highest income bracket and the highest spenders."

Audain's focus is getting a new home for the Vancouver Art Gallery.

"The present art gallery is very constrained in terms of its space; it only can accommodate three per cent of its current collection," he says. "It can't even exhibit a lot of the important [local] artists of the contemporary period. I've had friends who visit Vancouver and they go to the Vancouver Art Gallery, expecting to see our Jeff Walls and our Stan Douglases and our Ken Lums, and often none of them are up on the walls. Which is really strange. At times we don't even have very many Emily Carrs up, either.

"When a museum has works that are considered extremely important by world standards, they should be on permanent exhibition. And this doesn't happen at the Vancouver Art Gallery today."

But it will if Kathleen Bartels has her way.

Bartels is the VAG's high-energy director, and you get the feeling she is going to get a new building for the gallery, even if she has to build it herself.

After a four year search, the Gallery has decided on a location: the old Greyhound bus station/Larwill Park site at Georgia and Hamilton.

"We had a list of criteria that we wanted the site to accommodate, and after looking at everything from the post office to Sears to many other sites, we thought the old bus depot was the best site for the Vancouver Art Gallery," she says.

"Its location on Georgia street is important. [As is] its proximity to the RAV line, its proximity to Chinatown, Yaletown and Gastown. It's close to the CBC, to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. It's an important hub in the city."

Bartels says the Vancouver Art Gallery should have "double the space" of the current location in the old courthouse at Robson and Hornby.

"We're at 157,000 square feet in this facility, so we're looking at doubling that to about 320,000 square feet," she says.

This wouldn't be cheap, particularly because Bartels wants to conduct an international competition to design the new building.

"We're certainly looking at hundreds of millions of dollars, without question," she says. "But when you build great museums, and engage really interesting architects, they aren't inexpensive buildings. They're very specialized. You have special needs for exhibition space, climate control, storage space."

Bartels would like the building to be architectural landmark.

"We want for it to be significant architecture, I think that's really important," she says. "You go to a city and look at a postcard: okay, that represents Australia, the Sydney Opera House. The Louvre represents France or Paris, or the Guggenheim in New York. The list goes on and on. We would certainly like it to serve that purpose as well."

But Rennie cautions against going the Toronto "star-citect" route.

"The ROM has Daniel Libeskind, the AGO has Frank Gehry," says Rennie.

"They're wonderful architects I guess, but we talk more about the architecture than the function inside the building. When you talk about the Four Seasons Opera House there, I don't hear people talking about the architect ahead of the word opera. Yet right now, when you talk about the ROM, you talk about Daniel Libeskind before you talk about the contents. And I don't know whether that's what we need. It's not Canadian to be begin with, to boast like that," he notes with a chuckle.

"The format of institutions having a star-citect is so over. Today institutions have the most brilliant sustainable green box, and the contents become more important than the box. That I think is the future model."

Where would the money come from?

Bartels says a third from the federal government, a third from the province and the city, and a third from the private sector. Asked if she thinks she could really raise $100 million in private donations for a $300 million art gallery, she confidently states "without question."


"The gallery is on a great track, we have great momentum. We're a real success story, what we've been able to accomplish in the last six or seven years. Our admission numbers are the highest they've ever been. Our membership six years ago was about 8,000; it's 40,000 this year. That is just remarkable for any institution our size in North America. We're higher than the The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, we're higher than the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles."

If the VAG does move, it would open up the old courthouse building for another institution. Mayor Sam Sullivan has said Vancouver would be interested in getting the National Portrait Gallery that the federal government wants to farm out to a city other than Ottawa. Another potential candidate would be the Vancouver Museum. The Museum is currently located in Vanier Park at Kits Point, a site that has major drawbacks.

"Access is probably the biggest problem," says Museum director Nancy Noble. "It's tucked away on a really nice piece of land, but access to it is difficult."

Problem number two is that many Vancouverites just don't know that the Vancouver Museum exists. It's overshadowed by the Planetarium (a.k.a. the H.R. McMillan Space Centre), which is in the same building at 1100 Chestnut. The Museum draws about 65,000 people a year. By contrast, the Titanic exhibit at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria drew 450,000 people this past summer. But the Vancouver Museum simply couldn't put on something like the Titanic show, because it doesn't have the space or resources. Neither does the Vancouver Maritime Museum, which is also in Kits Point at 1905 Odgen.

The future of the Vancouver Maritime Museum is fuzzy. If a new National Maritime Centre is built on the North Vancouver waterfront, Vancouver Maritime Museum director Wesley Wenhardt says the existing facility will probably fold.

"We really support the North Vancouver National Maritime Centre," says Wenhardt. "We feel that we worked on the vision [which grew out of studies by the Vancouver Maritime Museum]. It looks like the North Vancouver group has been able to pick up the vision, modify it slightly, then put together a new development on the North Shore. Our board is totally supportive of it."

Larry Orr of the City of North Vancouver says the proposed maritime centre would probably be a $100 million facility, with 110,000 square feet of space. The location would be in the historic Wallace Shipyards site just east of Lonsdale avenue.

The North Van waterfront is already undergoing major redevelopment: Orr says Pinnacle International is developing 1,200 residential condos beside the Maritime Centre site, and there are plans for "Granville Island market" style retail.

There is one hitch for the new North Van Maritime Centre: the Vancouver Maritime Museum's collection of 20,000 items is owned by the City of Vancouver, which might be loathe to give it up.

The legendary ship the St. Roch would probably go to North Van with its artifacts - after all, it was built there - but many other items might wind up back in the Vancouver Museum. (For many years, the Vancouver Museum and the Vancouver Maritime Museum were wings of the same organization.)

Crunch time is the spring, when the Vancouver Art Gallery will make a formal request to Vancouver council to move to a new site. If it's approved, it might open by 2013.


The National Maritime Centre in North Van will also submit a proposal to the federal and provincial governments in the next month about its plans, which it hopes to have approval for by May or June. It could possibly open by 2011.

If both are approved, it will have a domino effect on the other institutions. If neither is approved, there will be a lot of disappointed people.

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Some facts about Vancouver cultural institutions


John Mackie, Vancouver Sun
Published: Saturday, December 08, 2007


Vancouver Art Gallery

Location: 750 Hornby Street
Annual Budget: $12.2 million (2006)
Annual Visitors: 375,000 (2007 projected)
Exhibition space: 36,000 sq. ft.
Items in Collection: 9,000
Percent on Display: 3
Possible new location: The former Greyhound bus station site at Georgia and Hamilton.
Problems: The current location is in a former courthouse that underwent a $20 million renovation to make it suitable for the Vancouver Art Gallery when it moved there in 1983. But it has proven to be an awkward fit, because the neo-classical building doesn't really work that well as a modern art gallery. The VAG says it needs to double its space. A new facility would probably cost $200 million to $300 million, which would require a lot of funding from the federal, provincial and civic governments, as well as fund-raising from the private sector.


Vancouver Museum


Location: 1100 Chestnut
Annual Budget: $2 million
Annual Visitors: 65,000
Exhibition space: 20,000 sq. ft.
Items in Collection: More than 100,000
Percent on Display: 5
Possible new locations: None have been identified yet, but the current Vancouver Art Gallery site is an obvious contender. The city owns the former Storyeum site in the Woodward's parking garage in Gastown, which has 108,000 sq. ft. of space, but most of it is underground. The former Woodward's building has not been considered as a museum site, according to Vancouver Museum director Nancy Noble.
Problems: The Museum's current site in Kits Point is out of the downtown core, and out of the public consciousness. Public access is limited: Kits Point residents successfully fought a battle to keep tour buses out of their neighbourhood. The Museum is a also good hike from the nearest bus stop. The Museum is overshadowed by the Planetarium (aka the H.R. McMillan Space Centre), which it shares the building with. If the Vancouver Museum was to move, it would require several million dollars in government funding, which might be hard to get if both the Vancouver Art Gallery and North Vancouver's National Maritime Centre proceed. But Vancouver does have $20 million sitting around that was collected from developers for a Coal Harbour Arts Complex that was never built. The new convention centre is being built on the Coal Harbour Arts Complex site.



Vancouver Maritime Museum

Location: 1905 Ogden
Annual Budget: $1.1 million
Annual Visitors: 90,000 (including outreach programs)
Exhibition Space: 14,500 sq. ft.
Items in Collection: 20,000
Percent on Display: 5
Possible new locations: None
Problems: The Vancouver Maritime Museum has a marvelous location on the Kits Point waterfront, but its building badly needs to be renovated: it doesn't have the temperature and humidity control system which is standard in modern museums.
The Maritime Museum has often had a frosty relationship with some Kits Point residents, who have successfully fought to keep it from expanding at the current site. If the North Van National Marine Centre is built, the Vancouver Maritime Museum will probably fold.
The city of Vancouver owns its collection, which might wind up in the Vancouver Museum.




National Maritime Centre

Proposed location: The Wallace Shipyards, Lonsdale and Esplanade, North Vancouver
Cost of Construction: about $100 million
Size: 110,000 sq. ft. (35,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space)
Problems: Financing would largely come from the federal and provincial governments, which haven't been putting much money into cultural facilities. The current member of parliament for North Vancouver is a Liberal, and the federal government is Conservative. The Lower Mainland has also had a long history of grand concepts that never happened: The Vancouver Maritime Museum tried to build a similar museum on the Coal Harbour waterfront a few years ago, but failed. The new facility hopes to get much of the Vancouver Maritime Museum's collection, but Vancouver council might say no.



Whitecaps Soccer Stadium

Proposed location: Downtown Vancouver waterfront, between Canada Place and Main street
Cost of construction: About $70 million
Seating: 15,000 for soccer, with the ability to double to 30,000
Problems: Whitecaps owner Greg Kerfoot wants to built it right now, with his own money, but he has to go through Vancouver's glacially slow bureaucratic process.
In other cities, the stadium might already be finished; in Vancouver after two years of studies it's still probably still at least three years away.
Kerfoot originally had hoped to build it over the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks, which he purchased for about $20 million in 2005. But there were objections because of dangerous goods that are sometimes on the tracks, so the site may be moved on to land owned by the Port of Vancouver, a federal body.
The Canada Marine Act states the Port can't sell the land, so it may have to arrange a land swap with Kerfoot's railway holdings to make it work.




i've always thought that the H.R. Macmillan Space Centre should move in with an expanded Science World, which sadly is the only real remotely close museum we have....also the most successful, afterall it's able to host massive exhibits like Body Worlds.

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But Rennie cautions against going the Toronto "star-citect" route.

"The ROM has Daniel Libeskind, the AGO has Frank Gehry," says Rennie.

"They're wonderful architects I guess, but we talk more about the architecture than the function inside the building. When you talk about the Four Seasons Opera House there, I don't hear people talking about the architect ahead of the word opera. Yet right now, when you talk about the ROM, you talk about Daniel Libeskind before you talk about the contents. And I don't know whether that's what we need. It's not Canadian to be begin with, to boast like that," he notes with a chuckle.

"The format of institutions having a star-citect is so over. Today institutions have the most brilliant sustainable green box, and the contents become more important than the box. That I think is the future model."


The only reason Rennie objects to a Starchitect is because the Starchitect wouldn't build yet another 500-condosabove-podium structure from which he makes his bread and butter, so he is no doubt pushing for a local developr (Cheng, Thom) and will persuade them to do the same-old-same-old, but ram a museum into the podium. Then he'll start the old "world-class" speech yet again...formulaic.
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the aboriginal art idea is a positive one i think. what does a majority asian population have to do with it? asian people cancel out the importance of the indigenous culture?? on a side note, aboriginal people are originally asiatic anyways.
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Today institutions have the most brilliant sustainable green box, and the contents become more important than the box.
I'm all for having a sustainable building, but we'd better get something more inspiring than a "green box". I say if a building's iconic architecture can help draw people to the art gallery, who really cares if the building initially overshadows the art. Once people are actually inside and viewing the art, they'll forget all about the building anyways. An iconic building is good marketing in terms of creating a recognizable 'brand'.

Also, what's the deal with the Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education? I haven't heard anything about that in a long time and they never update their website regarding the development of an actual building.
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^ i'd say the Dalai Lama Centre is in trouble. They announced it in 2006, said they were looking at some site in the Downtown Eastside, and that it will be completed in 2009.

i'd think they might've hit funding and/or site issues.

interesting stuff from the website:

Who will design the Dalai Lama Center?
An eminent architect will design the Center. Our choice of architects will not be based on their grandiose vision,
but on their outstanding sensitivity to Vancouver’s landscape and spirit. Most importantly, our architect will excel
at creating spaces that promote psychological and emotional comfort for all who come within the Center’s orbit.
Their artistry will create a structure that encourages visitors to connect meaningfully with each other. Our
architect will be attuned to the dual personality of the Center: on one hand, an energetic setting for animated
dialogue and interaction; on the other, a cloister-like oasis for contemplation.

How will people experience the Dalai Lama Center?
The Center will be experienced both actively and reflectively. A wide array of different-use spaces within the
building will promote engagement between individuals and groups, people and ideas, communities and spiritual
rejuvenation.

In Toronto, the multi-million-dollar addition to the Royal Ontario Museum (the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal) was
designed by Daniel Libeskind to enhance people’s contact with iconic objects. In contrast, the DLC will be
designed to generate direct interactive experiences between participants. And to push the potential for
serendipitous encounters.

The Center will have a low psychological threshold for entry. All it takes will be the purchase of a cappuccino at
its sidewalk café or a stroll into its light-bathed, free-admission gallery. The Center will be designed to warmly
welcome all who gather – or wander – into its premises. People from every walk of life and social strata will be
made to feel at ease. They will be encouraged to drop in, and linger, at all hours of the day.

What programs will the Center offer?
The Center is conceived as an open cultural bazaar, embraced by residents and visitors alike. It will have a
smorgasbord of compelling programs that offer sustenance to the mind and spirit.
The following are some examples:
Literary evenings: Local and international authors will give readings, followed by informal discussions in a
Dialogue Lounge. Renowned writers such as Pico Iyer, Doug Coupland, Malcolm Gladwell, or Anne Lamott may
be on hand for casual conversations.
Philosophers’ Café: Informal discussion groups will explore diverse ideas and issues in another Dialogue
Lounge.
Film and video screenings: Thought-provoking documentaries and other genres will be presented every night,
followed by moderated discussions.
Nobel Laureates lecture series: Nobel laureates will give public lectures and facilitate extended seminars. Our
current Board of Advisors includes five Nobel Peace laureates: HH the Dalai Lama, Shirin Ebadi, Desmond Tutu,
Mairead Maguire, and Jimmy Carter. Other possible invitees include Elie Wiesel, Oscar Arias Sanchez, Mikhail
Gorbachev, Steven Chu, and Daniel Kahneman.
Science and spirituality dialogues: Workshops by prominent researchers and spiritual leaders will explore the
intersection of science and spirituality. Faculty may include those at the forefront of positive psychology: Andrew
Weill, Deepak Chopra, Richard Davidson, Ed Diener, and Martin Seligman.
Contemplative programs: Contemplative practices foster wisdom and allow people to plug into our natural
capacity for compassion, forgiveness, and inspiration. These ways of knowing, and in particular, the cultivation of
empathy, are at the heart of moral development. Eminent teachers such as Thich Nhat Hanh, Pema Chodron,
Sharon Salzburg, Father Thomas Keating, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, and Jack Kornfield will be invited to
lead intensives and workshops.

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^Interesting stuff. I hope it only gets delayed as a worst case scenario. Would be a shame to lose such a unique institution. You'd think it would be fairly easy to generate funding from the private sector for such a facility though. Most of the world loves the Dalai Lama. You can probably get half the funding from Richard Gere alone. I mean he's a rich buddhist right?
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wouldn't be surprised if there's some political reasons for the delay....
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Heard that VAG announced on December 11 that they are moving to Beatty street - anyone have any details?
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Figured I'd revive this thread, I had posted the $50Million comintment for the new VAG in the downtown thread. Didn't remember there was one for this. Anyways more news from tomorrow's Sun.

Decision time for new art gallery location
Kevin Griffin, Vancouver Sun

Within weeks, city officials could be deciding whether a downtown site at Georgia and Hamilton will be the home of a new multimillion-dollar Vancouver Art Gallery.
The VAG has targeted the former bus depot adjacent to Queen Elizabeth Theatre as the only remaining spot in the downtown core that can hold an expanded art gallery of at least 30,000 square metres.
That's double the size of the current gallery in the heritage buildings in the prominent block bounded by Hornby, West Georgia, Robson and Howe.
Premier Gordon Campbell announced over $200 million in funding to enhance B.C.'s arts and culture during a press conference at the Vancouver Art gallery.
Premier Gordon Campbell announced over $200 million in funding to enhance B.C.'s arts and culture during a press conference at the Vancouver Art gallery.
Sue Harvey, the city's director of cultural services, said council is expected to receive recommendations from staff early this spring on the VAG's new home as part of a major rethinking of all the city's cultural institutions for the next 15 years.
Kathleen Bartels, director of the VAG, said in an interview that the next step for the gallery is to secure a site.
"We can't move ahead until we have a site," she said. "We have been working on the old bus depot site most aggressively in the last six or seven months, but we have nothing confirmed at this time."
Bartels said it's still too early to announce how much a new gallery might cost.
"We don't have our final cost estimates because we don't have a site, we haven't selected an architect and we don't even have a preliminary design. We can't release a final cost because we don't know."
On Thursday, Premier Gordon Campbell announced several new arts and cultural initiatives totalling $209 million, including $50 million for a new home for the Vancouver Art Gallery, $150 million for an arts endowment fund and nine million for an expanded and renovated Vancouver East Cultural Centre.
The endowment fund is expected to generate up to $8 million annually for arts and cultural groups in B.C.
At a news conference in the lobby of the VAG, Campbell referred to many famous B.C. artists with works in the gallery's collection, including Emily Carr, Bill Reid, Robert Davidson and Jeff Wall, who was among the dignitaries seated on the stage in the art gallery's lobby.
Wall is considered one of the country's leading artists for his work in making photography one of the major art forms of the late 20th century.
"What Jeff Wall really does is he says, 'Here is a different lens for you to look at the world at, here's a different way to see things.' That's what arts and culture is always striving to do," Campbell said.
Campbell repeatedly referred to the national importance of the Vancouver Art Gallery.
"I think our art gallery can reflect not just the city, but can reflect the province and the country," he said.
"This is a national institution - we should not forget the national importance of the Vancouver Art Gallery. We're here to work with the government of Canada as they recognize the national contribution of the Vancouver Art Gallery."
Wall, the recipient of the Order of Canada this year, said he was "very encouraged and excited" by Campbell's arts and cultural announcements.
Wall said that while growing up in Vancouver, he recalled seeing serious art for the first time at the old Vancouver Art Gallery on Georgia Street.
"To go to the gallery and see the real thing was a transformative experience for me as a child and I've never forgotten it," he said.
"I think a museum is always a fundamental domain of support for a young artists and for an artist at any stage of their development. I felt supported somehow by the little gallery on Georgia Street. And I've always felt supported by the gallery that we're in now."
Wall said he thinks the city is poised to create a new art gallery "that will both recapitulate all the values that I've always felt important of the art of the past, and at least make some kind of gesture for the art to come."
Bartels said at the news conference that great cities require great culture, art and architecture. "Vancouver is without question an increasingly important city in the world," she said.
"And with its growing prominence, [it] deserves a great art museum, one that will fuel the ambitions and aspirations of this thriving creative community."
"We will construct a compelling, purpose-built art museum in Vancouver's vibrant downtown core, one that will stand as a lasting cultural and architecture icon for Vancouver, British Columbia and Canada."
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