See Staff. See Magazine Editorial. Edmonton. 31 Dec. 2009.
The Great Recession of 2008-09 seems to be behind us. While the economy is not what you’d call robust, it’s certainly off its sick bed. And since so much of our well-being as a city depends on the economy, we will bid a not-so fond adieu to 2009, and welcome 2010 with more than a bit of optimism.
The new year will begin with the opening of a major cultural milestone for this city — the gleaming new Art Gallery of Alberta.
The $88-million gallery is already a centrepiece of the downtown, even before it has officially opened. Replacing the forbidding old gallery, with its appropriately named ‘Brutalist’ style, the new gallery is a signature building for this city. With its flowing stainless steel surfaces, the new AGA is a building Edmonton can be proud of. Yes, the cost is eye-popping, but this kind of world-class architecture doesn’t come cheap. By investing so much precious capital in a “frill” (as some put it) like an art gallery, the city is making a statement that art matters to the residents of this frozen northern outpost.