Landscaping nears completion
Another aspect of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights project is nearing completion; the seeding and planting of grasses and trees on the Museum grounds.
The landscape surrounding, and even covering, a portion of the building will have a distinctly natural look, relating it to, and respecting its historic location at The Forks, where the Red and Assiniboine Rivers meet on Treaty One territory.
It will be comprised of low rolling hills covered with prairie grass and trees native to the province of Manitoba. As the indigenous grass seed grows in, prairie will literally cover portions of the Museum’s roof. The grasses will take a few years to establish; during this critical growth period, temporary fencing around the newly landscaped areas will protect plants from disturbance.
Plains Cottonwood, Trembling Aspen, and American Elm are three of the species of trees that passers-by will see on the site, and visitors will experience when the Museum opens in 2014.
The landscape has been designed to mimic natural systems in order to grow for generations of visitors, will minimal maintenance requirements. The look will be timeless, yet the methods of planting and the water management strategies used to create it are contemporary. For example, relatively clean waste water from the Museum, known as gray-water, will be used for landscape irrigation.
This scale of native planting in the heart of an urban environment - Downtown Winnipeg - can only be described as impressive.
While the Museum itself is monumental in scale, the plants and trees surrounding it, and leading visitors to its main entrance, link it to the land. If you live in or near Winnipeg, look for the landscape progress next time you drive by. If you’re from farther away, keep an eye on our website for updated images.