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Edward Burtynsky: Power to Change

After a successful run of Chagall for Children, The Children’s Museum is following up with a breathtaking, original exhibition featuring the work of a Canadian artist. The exhibit, Edward Burtynsky: Power to Change, is a collection of photography combined with an interactive installation designed to let people pause and witness the damage done to our planet. 

In collaboration with the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery the exhibit features twelve large, full-colour, photographs taken by Burtynsky on his travels around the world. Each photograph illustrates some facet of nature and the environment and shows how it is being affected by industry. Some of his most famous works are on display exposing the hidden world of oil refineries, recycling yards, nickel mines and shipping yards. 

“Our community has been an innovator in conservation efforts going back 25 years to the inception of the Blue Box. That tradition continues and is reflected in our successful educational programs and newly installed permanent exhibits,” said David Marskell, Executive Director of The Children’s Museum.

The photography is displayed in combination with an original installation developed by The Children’s Museum and also features two multimedia displays, including daily viewings of Manufactured Landscapes and Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth

“This exhibit can be enjoyed by anyone regardless of age and is designed to celebrate what this region is doing to change our habits and instill new ones in children,” said Marskell. Julia Horgan, who developed the exhibit, explained that the goal is “not only to have visitors experience a glimpse into Burtynsky’s world of artificial landscapes, but to give them insight into their own personal power to make a difference with respect to the environment crisis.” 

The show opens in the RIM Gallery at The Children’s Museum beginning Thursday, May 3rd and runs until June 17th. Admission to the exhibit and multimedia presentations is free with regular admission to The Museum.

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