On Canada Day, I came back from being across the river at the Museum of History to take in an evening concert at the National Arts Centre, which had just opened its new spaces earlier in the day. These two views are out front, looking out at the crowd around the National War Memorial, which stands across the street.
The place was busy inside. Where I was walking didn't exist a year ago- there was a sloping driveway going down where the glass enclosure now stands. It's certainly transformed the building's sense of itself, and the new space left me impressed.
This art installation is hanging inside at the moment. It is a 2010 sculpture by Canadian artist Kim Morgan, titled Range Light, Borden, PEI, sculpted of latex and mosquito netting, depicting the neglect and decline of a lighthouse.
This view out from the enclosure looks to the Rideau Canal and the Ottawa Convention Centre beyond it.
Up on the top level of the building, I came into the balcony levels for Southam Hall, the largest performance space in the building. The stage was being readied for the evening concert, which featured a mix of classical and vocal music. I paused to take a shot of the steps that descend down to the lower boxes of the upper balcony.
This is another performance space in the NAC, the Theatre. The people gathered in here were members of Unisong, a collection of choirs from around the country who were involved in the Canada Day concert.
I have more from here tomorrow, but I leave off today with this glimpse of Cloud, a 2012 work by Caitlind Brown and Wayne Garrett, consisting of 6000 light bulbs in the shape of a cloud, presently hanging in a lobby here. It was a popular spot on Canada Day.