Black Gold Tapestry

Really interesting "brick" depiction on the Black Gold Tapestry from the Ancient World section.

Really interesting “brick” depiction on the Black Gold Tapestry from the Ancient World section.

The Black Gold Tapestry is on display at Calgary’s Glenbow Museum as part of the Canada 150 celebration. It’s on display until May 21, 2018, and was installed and first opened on October 7, 2017. I visited the Glenbow with another textile-loving friend (the owner of Black Sheep Handspvn) in early November.

Each first Thursday of the month, the Glenbow offers free admission from 5-9pm. I went when the free first Thursday program was new, and it was packed… but now that the program has been around for over a year (or thereabouts… I forget the start) the crowd was not nearly as huge as it was early on.

Detail of the Greek Fire segment of the Black Gold Tapestry

Detail of the Greek Fire segment of the Black Gold Tapestry

The Black Gold Tapestry was created by Sandra Sawatzky, and it’s a hand-embroidered illustration in the style of the Bayeux Tapestry (hence the name, even though this is embroidered and not actually tapestry-woven). The work tells the story of how oil has impacted human civilization from ancient times to the present day.

Dinosaur detail of the Black Gold Tapestry

Dinosaur detail of the Black Gold Tapestry

The inspiring Bayeux Tapestry tells the story of the 1066 Battle of Hastings. The Bayeux Tapestry is about 50cm tall and 70 metres long, while the Black Gold Tapestry is 67 meters long.

Dinosaur detail of the Black Gold Tapestry

Dinosaur detail of the Black Gold Tapestry

I’ve loaded up more photos from this exhibit on my Instagram feed. You can also look at the #black gold tapestry tag to see photos from others. Read more about the exhibit on the Glenbow Museum website.

Anubis depicted in the Black Gold Tapestry

Anubis depicted in the Black Gold Tapestry

Have you been to the exhibit? What do you think? If you aren’t in Calgary – would you like to see this exhibit travel to a museum in your city?

 

 

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