Leonard Cohen's Artwork On Display in Toronto Until May 19 - A Free Glenn Gould Prize Event

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 May 7, 2012

The Ninth Glenn Gould Prize: "Artworks" by Leonard Cohen

May 7 - 19, 2012

The Glenn Gould Foundation has programmed a series of free events in celebration of this iconic singer, songwriter, poet, artist and novelist. The series includes “Artworks” – Leonard Cohen Visual Art Exhibition at the Allen Lambert Galleria (Brookfield Place) from May 7 to 19.
When I first read this announcement on the Glenn Gould Foundation website, I was unfamiliar with the name of the  location of the Leonard Cohen artworks display.

When I did some digging, I instantly recognized the photo of the atrium but when I lived in Toronto the building was called "BCE Place "

That's what happens when you move out of a city, things change.

Having lived in Toronto until only recently and having worked in the financial district for many years, I often walked the PATH, the pedestrian underground network connecting many downtown buildings.  I passed through and admired this atrium many times on the way to clients, going to cultural events or just staying out of the wintry cold on the way to the subway.

It certainly is a space to behold and is an outstanding setting in which to display the magnificent artworks of Leonard Cohen.

Brookfield Place/The Allen Lambert Galleria

Brookfield Place is a 2.6 million square foot complex that fosters business and commerce, and is visited by more than 1 million people each year. Located in Toronto’s financial core, the building is home to both financial and legal firms.

Conceived by Spanish designer/architect/engineer Santiago Calatrava, the Allen Lambert Galleria is a six-story pedestrian avenue that integrates the two office towers, over 50 shops and services, and 11 other historical buildings. The sights include the Historic Bank of Montreal Building and the Hockey Hall of Fame. Brookfield Place offers direct access to the Air Canada Centre, Union Station and the PATH underground pedestrian walkway system.
The Allen Lambert Galleria, sometimes described as the "crystal cathedral of commerce", is an atrium designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava which connects Bay Street with Heritage Square. The six stores high pedestrian thoroughfare is structured by eight freestanding supports on each side of the Galleria, which branch out into parabolic shapes evoking a forest canopy or a tree-lined avenue because of the presence of building facades along the sides of the structure.

The Galleria was the result of an international competition and was incorporated into the development in order to satisfy the City of Toronto's public art requirements. It is a frequently photographed space, and is heavily featured as a backdrop for news reports, as well as TV and film productions.

The parabolic, arched roof that Santiago Calatrava created for the assembly hall of the Wohlen High School in Switzerland is generally considered to be a precursor of the vaulted, parabolic ceiling in the Galleria.
Brookfield Place is located at 181 Bay Street at the corner of Bay and Front Streets. 
Sources used in his post:
Glenn Gould Foundation here
Toronto.com here
Wikipedia here

1 comment:

  1. I love this building space Arlene. It would certainly lift your spirits to walk through that space. It's on my bucket list. Thanks for posting.