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The Art Gallery Of Ontario

November 14th, 2008

The team's work includes eleven free-standing and six spectacular curved glass showcases for the Thomson Collection of Ship Models and twenty custom-built wall cases and eighteen free-standing cases for the Thomson Collection of European Art.

The Thomson Collection of Ship Models

The dramatic installation for the Thomson Collection of Ship Models features one of the largest collection of ship models ever assembled - over 130 examples from the Napoleonic era through the 20th century. The ship models range in size from an inch or two to nearly nine feet long, a number were made by prisoners-of-war and are carved from bone and feature rigging made of silk and human hair. The collection is housed in a series of stunning Gehry designed, curved glass showcases.

“When we first visited Gehry International and were shown the model of the European galleries, we saw exquisitely designed, subtly detailed case work and displays that involved numerous finishes and unique applications,” said Ryan Skorch, Projects and Development Director, kubik-Maltbie. “Then we saw the mock-up of the cases for the ship models, with their striking curved glass and incredibly complex design, and we suddenly realized - wow - this is why we're here.”

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