The National Music Centre (NMC) has engaged award-winning photographer George Webber to document the construction of the new NMC building.
Webber has begun the extensive photo documentary project on construction of the new NMC in Calgary’s East Village, recently capturing the disassembling of the King Eddy for restoration.
“We knew that we wanted an artist to capture the construction of the new building, someone that could deliver meaningful images, but also someone who is deeply connected to our vision for a new NMC and a new East Village. George is a beautiful storyteller and we’re thrilled to be partnering with him,” said Andrew Mosker, President and CEO for NMC.
The project has special meaning for Webber, whose book Last Call documented the last days of East Village mainstays like the King Eddy and the St. Louis Hotel.
“I have spent the last ten years documenting the changes at the East Village, photographing places like the King Eddy and the people that called it home. I remember when I walked out of the King Eddy for the last time on Friday, August 13, 2004. And then something happened, something I never could have imagined. I heard that the King Eddy was going to be restored and brought back to life. It would become the heart of Calgary's new National Music Centre. And best of all they asked me if I would photograph the re-birth,” said Webber.
Webber has been photographing the people and landscape of the Canadian west for over thirty years. He is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in recognition of his contributions to the visual arts in Canada. He is the recipient of numerous National Magazine Awards (Canada) including a Gold Award in 2010, multiple Awards of Excellence from The Society For News Design (USA) and The International Documentary Photography Award (Korea).
Webber’s other photography books include: Prairie Gothic, In this Place, People of The Blood, A World Within and Requiem. Webber’s photographs have been featured in numerous publications including: American Photo, Apple, Canadian Geographic, Canadian Living, GEIST, Lenswork Quarterly, Photolife, The New York Times, Reader's Digest and Swerve. His photographs can be found in Canadian and international museum collections including: National Gallery of Canada, Glenbow Museum (Canada), Museum Ludwig (Germany), Australian National Gallery (Australia) and the Bibliothèque Nationale (France).
CANA Construction workers prepare the King Eddy roof for restoration. Photo credit: George Webber.
Bricks around a window of the King Eddy are numbered before being dissembled. Photo credit: George Webber.
Due to severe structure and health concerns, the King Eddy was disassembled in late 2013, with the bricks being cleaned and palletized on a grid. The King Eddy will be reassembled to its original 1905 façade as the centerpiece of the new NMC. Photo credit: George Webber.
Construction on the new NMC began in February 2013 and remains on schedule for opening in 2016. Photo credit: George Webber.