Calgary's art collection gets new home
Multi-million dollar cache now housed in modern, climate-controlled space
After years of being stored in a less than adequate space, the city of Calgary's multi-million dollar art collection has a new home.
About half of the city’s $5-million art collection — most of it donated — is out on display in civic buildings at any given time.
The rest of the paintings, prints, sculptures and statues will now be housed in a secure, climate-controlled, air-filtrated room at an otherwise ordinary-looking warehouse.
Its location is a closely-held secret.
"People didn't realize what assets we had and what a treasure it had grown to be," said Quyen Hoang, coordinator of the city’s public art program.
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"And so it's very important for us to consider that and to make sure that we house them properly and care for them appropriately."
Hoang says the new million-dollar space also has room for the collection to grow.