We are thrilled to announce that the Yosef Wosk Reflecting Pool has now been created at the Museum of Anthropology.
MOA’s architect, the late Arthur C. Erickson, and landscape architect, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, originally intended the pool to be opened as part of the new Museum of Anthropology in 1976. Now, nearly thirty-five years later, their original vision for MOA has been fulfilled. Thanks to the generosity of Yosef Wosk, OBC, and the efforts of many other individuals and organizations, the pool was successfully filled last Thursday, September 9, and is now an integral part of the Museum grounds – as it was always intended to be. According to Cornelia, even the shape and depth of the pool are the same as she specified on her original 1975 drawings for the site, although slightly curtailed at the northeast and southwest ends to honour commitments made during approval of the 2004 North Campus Plan by the GVRD.
Both Arthur Erickson and Cornelia Oberlander have received honours for their work on the Museum of Anthropology, and were awarded the Order of Canada for their iconic contributions to national and international architecture and landscape design. Their vision for MOA was inspired by traditional 19th century northern Northwest Coast First Nations big houses and their settings up and down the coast of British Columbia.
The pool is intended to be seen from the Museum’s Great Hall as the representation of a coastal inlet beyond which lie the mountains and sea. The shell beach, numerous free-standing totem poles, and two Haida Houses on the site
enhance and extend the visitor’s view through MOA’s 15-metre north-facing glass walls, dissolving the barriers between outside and inside, and creating a powerful, unique connection between the building, the collections, the visitor, and the landscape.
According to Yosef Wosk, “Arthur and Cornelia’s creativity resulted in an icon of transformation, a venue for respectful learning, and a place of inspired contemplation. I am thrilled to have been able to play a part in the completion of their original vision for the Museum, and encourage everyone to come and share in its beauty.”
Says Museum Director Dr. Anthony A. Shelton, “The instatement of the reflecting pool would not have been possible without the generous financial support of Dr. Yosef Wosk, OBC. We are very grateful for his commitment to the Museum as both a donor and advisor.”
We invite you to come and see this extraordinary addition to the Museum. And please join us on Saturday, September 18 and Sunday, September 19 from 10 am to 5 pm, for MOA’s first annual World Art Market – WAM! Bring your family and friends for this two-day festival of world art, music, performance, and cuisine! For details, visit www.moa.ubc.ca/world-art-market. See you there!