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Last chance to explore ark

Children play in front of the wood-clad house located in Spry Point in 1974.
Children play in front of the wood-clad house located in Spry Point in 1974.

Islanders will have their last chance to see “Living lightly on the Earth: building an Ark for Prince Edward Island” before the exhibit closes at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG).

Brought to life in 1976 by the New Alchemy Institute and Solsearch Architects, as an “early exploration in weaving together the sun, wind, biology and architecture for the benefit of humanity,” the Ark bioshelter on P.E.I. integrated ecological design features to provide autonomous life support for a family.

The exhibit opened last fall at the CCAG, with its opening also marking the 40th anniversary of the Ark on P.E.I.

The exhibition’s closing will be celebrated with a reception and panel discussion Sunday, April 30, at 2 p.m. in the Gallery. Admission is free and open to the public.

Steven Mannell, who directs the College of Sustainability at Dalhousie, will be featured in the panel discussion alongside original Ark project architects David Bergmark and Ole Hammerlund, among others.

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