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Not many organizations could take a stripped to the bricks, abandoned art deco era office building and into something cool that people want to see. But Calgary’s art science and engineering mashup known as Beakerhead is doing just that.
In this case, they’ve taken Calgary’s Barron Building and turned it into a chic art showcase space.
The art is really really cool. But the inside of the barren building is also pretty neat all on its own. First to the art then to the architecture.
On display in the building is Peter William Holden’s Solenoid. It’s a sound and light installation featuring tap shoes which dance on their own and tap to food beats under white spot lights.
The other art installation features Nanoleaf lightbulbs, which I’ve written about before. In this case they are set up in an abandoned warehouse style space inside mirrored triangle towers. They reflect crazily with in the spires to create a really cool environment. It’s like new and shiny technology contrasted with old and spartan space.
Barren Barron Building becomes temporary art space
Now to the venue for this crazy art installation. Strategic Group in Calgary opened up the historic Art Deco era building for Beakerhead this year. For years this historic building has been hidden behind locked doors. Now, thanks to the Strategic Group, it is once again open to the public. The building itself has been stripped to the bricks inside, and as you can see in photos is very bare.
One theatre sits in ghostly darkness, with row upon row of seats folded permanently. The other theatre has gorgeous sculpted lines, and is lit with construction floodlights.
One of the most interesting floors is the penthouse on 11. It has expansive views of the city. But what makes it truly interesting is that it used to be living quarters for first, JB Barron and his dog until his death. His sons then sold the building in 1981 to a Swiss family. Eventually Blake O’Brien bought the building in 1992 after Calgary’s real estate market fell on hard times (sound familiar?) and he was able to pick up the Art Deco relic for a paltry $250,000. He was the next resident of the soaring penthouse suite, which featured a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired roof garden.
While the garden’s location is still visible, it’s now filled in with unruly grass and broken glass.
Sonim makes what they call “the world’s toughest phones”. Brand new to Canada, they brought a few of their “virtually indestructable” phones to the CTV studios for an episode of Tech Talk for us to test them out and see what they mean.
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