I spent Tuesday in Winnipeg, and fortunately I took a local quilter's advice and went to the newly-opened Canadian Human Rights Museum. What an incredible experience! This is a world-class museum that educates and inspires not only through its exhibits, but also with its stunning architecture. The winning design was submitted by Antoine Predock, an architect from Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The museum discusses many aspects of Human Rights, including the right to live in a clean and healthy environment. On the eve of our trip to see the polar bears, it was very appropriate. It was a great follow-up to my visit to the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg South Africa a few months ago. They even had an artifact on loan from the Apartheid Museum.
The architecture was truly fascinating, and it was an experience to walk through the spaces, the shapes, the asymmetric spiraling ramp, and finally the Garden of Contemplation which feels like one is at the Giant's Causeway in Ireland.
The museum was a rich experience of earthy warm textures, and sharp angles, softened by the interplay of light and shadow. Of course, everywhere I looked, I thought of quilts.
I have uploaded several photos from my museum visit, and I hope you will also find inspiration for a possible quilt design, in the shapes and textures of this modern and truly unique space.
The image above features one of my many photos of the angular spiral ramp, surrounded by a collage of fabrics inspired by my experience today.