NCCC member kubikhttps://thinkubik.com/ was fundamental in the creation of 5 of the 7 galleries in the new Royal Alberta Museum. Each gallery holds unique notable features and required its own specialized approach.
The 320 pound rock, Manitou Asinîy is of great spiritual significance to Indigenous peoples in Alberta and Saskatchewan. It is located in a stand-alone space on the second floor of the museum and is designed to encourage reflection and quiet discussion. The Iron Creek meteorite, a round pitted stone made from the purest iron, is believed to hold great spiritual power. Viewed from a certain angle, the stone reveals the profile of a face believed by some native groups to resemble the Creator. Due to it’s sacred nature to the indigenous people, pictures or video are not allowed in this area of the museum, but many come by to pay homage and leave spiritual offerings.
The 4.5-billion-year-old stone is symbolic of RAM’s commitment to weave Indigenous stories throughout all six of its human history galleries. As lead fabricator and installer of the environment and the sacred stone, kubik’s experience with sacred artifacts enabled special care and accommodation for the culturally sensitivity required of this program. kubik team members were honored to participate in the smudging and pipe ceremony during the installation of this spiritually significant artifact.
As principal fabricator, kubik spent the last four years of the seven-year project embedded with the RAM and the other partners of the gallery design team offering; design build, fabrication and project management expertise to many of the intricate and complex galleries and exhibitions throughout the 127,700 square metres (419,000 square feet) building. Sam Kohn, President of kubik commented, “our significant connections to vendors and specialist tradespeople, along with our extensive experience in large scale fabrication projects bringing Human History and First Peoples content to life, allowed us to take on a wide scope of activities and projects within this massive enterprise.”
The museum includes 24,990 square metres (82,000 square feet) of exhibition space – twice the size of the former museum. The wide-ranging collection and research activities maintained by the RAM demonstrates its dedication to collecting, preserving, researching, interpreting, and exhibiting objects of interest that capture the rich history of Alberta. There are more than 2.4 million objects in the Royal Alberta Museum collection with more than 5,300 objects on display throughout the newly invented galleries.