Living Lightly on the Earth: building an Ark for Prince Edward Island, 1974-76

Solsearch architects (David Bergmark and Ole Hammarlund) at the PEI Ark (detail), 1976.

September 27 - December 30, 2019    |    Regular Exhibition

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.

Upcoming Events:

Exhibition Opening
September 27, 5:00 pm

Join us for the official opening reception of new exhibitions at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Event is free and open to all.

Ned Pratt: One Wave
Exhibition curated by Mireille Eagan and organized by The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery. Presented with the support of CI Institutional Asset Management (a division of CI Investments Inc.).

Living Lightly on the Earth: Building an Ark for Prince Edward Island, 1974- 76
Exhibition curated by Steven Mannell and organized by the Confederation Centre Art Gallery.

Panel Discussion: Energy, Ecology, and Community: The PEI Ark’s Timely Legacy
October 3, 7:00 PM

An open discussion of the architectural, technological, social and cultural legacy of the PEI Ark. This conversation and exhibition tour will be led by: David Bergmark and Ole Hammarlund (architects and builders of the Ark); Steven Mannell (Exhibition curator and Director of the College of Sustainability at Dalhousie University); and John Leroux (Manager of Collections and Exhibitions at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery).

Also that evening: Book signing for the exhibition catalogue, published by Dalhousie Architectural Press.