• Erik.W. Tofsrud

Winnipeg, MB


Museum

We visited The Museum for Human Rights today. It opened in October 2014. The massive glass facade is styled to look like wings of a dove wrapping around each other. The museum holds special events on a regular basis in order to represent cultural past and present human rights movements around the world. Antoine Predock was the architect and his masterful design is evocative of numerous natural elements. Predock has described the building as “carved into the earth and dissolving into the sky.”

This is one of the most dramatic spaces of the Museum, the focus is a circular theatre of curved wooden slats, some of which include original works of art. The theatre plays a 360-degree film that shares stories of Indigenous rights and responsibilities.

The museum has eight floors with the ramps between seven of the floors and the route between galleries made of a stunning series of ramps clad in pale alabaster.

The pale alabaster is lit from within, creating a glowing pathway. Along the way, vantage points allow for breathtaking views of the deep “canyon” of ramps, which crisscross in an irregular pattern, rising eight storeys.

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