Stephen Wilkes Celebrates Canada's 150th Anniversary
Canada Day marks the foundation of the country as we understand as Canada today. On July 1, 1867 the separate colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick came together to be recognized as a single entity within the British Empire. It marks how Canada united from disparate communities into a single state. It’s a statewide celebration of oneness, unity, and identity. It’s a huge, country-wide celebration, but from his perch across from Centre Block, the main building of the Canadian parliamentary, Stephen Wilkes caught some of the most exciting bits. Using his signature technique from his “Day to Night” series, Stephen spent the entire day and night watching the festivities below, photographing thousands of images, and blending them together into a single composition. The result is a day of celebration and night of fireworks on the 150th anniversary of Confederation.
The Embassy of the United States in Ottawa invited Stephen to create the image as a symbol of American-Canadian friendship in this magnanimous year, and in partnership with the National Gallery of Canada the photography will be on view at the National Gallery through the entire month of December.
“I’m thrilled to partner with the National Gallery of Canada to welcome Stephen Wilkes for the unveiling of this special work for the people of Canada,” said U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft. “It’s incredible to be in Canada during such a momentous year and an honor to present to the Canadian people a work by one of America’s most iconic and accomplished photographers.”
“We are pleased to pursue these enriching conversations to bring the perspectives of American artists to Canadian audiences,” said National Gallery of Canada Director and CEO, Marc Mayer. “The partnership between the Gallery and the Embassy of the United States has created an important forum for cross-cultural exchange.”