Show us your interpretation of upward movement.
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights opened in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in September 2014. Last summer, I had my first chance to visit it and explore all 11 galleries on six different levels.
The museum has been carefully designed. While you enter it at ground level, it’s cavernous and dark. With the structure rising up above you, you feel as though you’re underground. As you make your way through each gallery toward the top of the building, you emerge from darkness into light — a symbolic journey during which you commit to upholding human rights long after your visit to the museum.
The gallery exhibits educate visitors on human rights atrocities around the world. Visiting the museum is deeply personal, and it’s best experienced alone, at your own pace. Visitors travel across these beautiful concrete ramps as they move from level to level. It’s a long walk, and the time and space between galleries is much needed to contemplate what you’ve just experienced and prepare yourself for what’s coming next. Visiting the CMHR was something I’ll never forget.
Your take on “Ascend” need not be so serious — it could be your partner lifting your son aloft to set the topper on your Christmas tree. It could be that split-second you capture a fish jumping in a lake or pond. Maybe it’s a ground-level shot of new seedlings reaching for the sky in the Southern hemisphere. Enjoy the challenge!
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