Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The Grand Hall

A reminder to members of City Daily Photo: the theme for August 1st is Black.

Emerging from the area where the temporary exhibits are housed, I photographed this view of the Grand Hall inside the Museum of History. Pacific Coast totem poles and other items are down there.


Above is my favourite work of art in the national capital region, Morning Star, the mural by Dene artist Alex Janvier. It is a massive abstract and colourful mural that occupies one of the domes on the ceiling.


Another work of art in this area is the plaster version of Spirit Of Haida Gwaii, by the Haida artist Bill Reid. Other versions of this are at the Canadian embassy in Washington and at the airport in Vancouver.


The Grand Hall is a wonder to see in person with its collection of totem poles and house facades of coastal tribes.

39 comments:

  1. Morning Star is really a pleasant mural to look at!

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  2. Love the mural too - such lovely colours.

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  3. Impressive view into the Grand Hall, oh, and the mural!

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  4. Very impressive hall ...
    I love the totem pole!

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  5. A very impressive hall with beautiful murals to enjoy. Would also enjoy the exhibits.

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  6. Hello, the museums is beautiful. I love the totem pole and mural. Have a great day!

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  7. I would enjoy this wonderful museum.

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  8. Some of these works from the west coast are very spectacular. I always wish I knew about the significance of the iconography.

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  9. @Italiafinlandia: I love it.

    @Rosemary: definitely.

    @Iris: it's a great space.

    @Ella: thank you.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Nancy: I enjoy being here each time I visit.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Janey: you would.

    @Tom: definitely.

    @David: I agree.

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  10. Very beautiful mural! And I also like the colorful totems. :-)

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  11. I always like when you show that mural, William.

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  12. That grand hall is fabulous and so is the mural on the ceiling.

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  13. Janvier and Reid are two of the very best.

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  14. The sculpture is beautiful, as are the totems. But ceiling murals are well worth craning one's neck to see!

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  15. I love that Morning Star mural. I'm blown away by it every time you post a photo of it.

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  16. @DJan: thank you!

    @RedPat: I love showing it.

    @Sami: I agree.

    @Red: they are.

    @Barbara: definitely.

    @Sharon: it's a pleasure to see.

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  17. So interesting. Domes aren't usually abstract. Fun!

    Janis
    GDP

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  18. The Morning Star mural is fabulous !

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  19. That grand hall lives up to its name.

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  20. That is a very striking mural, worth the visit just to see that. There's a mighty totem pole in the Anthropology Museum in Cambridge and I've always wondered how it was transported all the way from BC, and how they got it into the museum!

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  21. William - wow, wow, wow. The Grand Hall itself is a masterpiece, worthy of the works of art/culture that it contains! I can see why you like the mural - vibrant to say the least!

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  22. An apt title for it. The Hall is grand indeed! Tweeted.

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  23. i love the boat and those amazing folks within that boat .. their hats and all. ( ;

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  24. The Morning Star mural is absolutely beautiful.

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  25. @Janis: thanks!

    @Karl: I agree.

    @Marie: it does.

    @John: there are a couple of them in a museum in Toronto that are just massive, and I wonder how they got them in place- if they had to cut them to get them in.

    @Angie: I attended a retrospective of his work at our National Gallery on several occasions when it was on. Usually abstract art doesn't do anything for me, but I love his style.

    @Mari: thank you!

    @Beth: thanks!

    @Bill: it is.

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  26. Indeed ~ a grand hall ~ love ceiling colors ~ ^_^

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  27. One of my favorite Ottawa museums.

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  28. Thanks for the heads up on the Facebook thing. I never use it any longer so I never go there. What did you see that made you think someone was messing with it? I've taken a dim view of Facebook because of our election and their role in it and their weak efforts to control it so I don't use it or go there any longer. Maybe I should just delete it.

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  29. what beautiful lighting! I can see why that might be your favorite -- I think it could easily be mine. Beautiful art and colors!

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  30. Thanks for the update on the Facebook problem. I've gotten similar messages that I know didn't come from the people I know. I might just delete the account this weekend. Between this and all the really stupid spam I've been getting lately on my blogs, it's getting frustrating to be on line.

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  31. Simply amazing … and the hall is so impressive.

    All the best Jan

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  32. I love that ceiling! And Bill Reid's work is amazing. I've seen the one at the YVR airport. A beautiful location.

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  33. I am really drawn to the Morning Star work!!

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  34. This looks like a fabulous museum.

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  35. I love the colourful mural in the dome:)

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  36. Pretty mosaics on the ceiling.

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