Living Lightly on the Earth: building an Ark for Prince Edward Island, 1974-76
In 1974, Prince Edward Island saw the design and creation of “a new commitment to living lightly on the earth.” The resulting PEI Ark was an innovative bioshelter offering a self-sufficient living environment for a family of four, providing for food and energy needs, and enabling a new and symbiotic relationship between its inhabitants and the ecosystem of their home. The Ark was remarkable for its creative collaboration between official and local cultures and the emerging counterculture. A decade and a half after its demolition, the Ark remains a touchstone for many, a memory of a vision of a sustainable future. Told through evocative architectural drawings, models and images, the story offers lessons and inspiration for meeting our present-day environmental challenges.
Exhibition curated by Steven Mannell and organized by the Confederation Centre Art Gallery.