The Aga Khan Museum, the Ismaili Centre and their Park – The Story of the Trees

THE TREES

His Highness the Aga Khan and Prime Minister Stephen Harper in front of the model of the Aga Khan Museum, the Ismaili Centre and their Park.

The artist’s rendering and model of the new Aga Khan projects in Toronto showed there would be plenty of trees planted on the grounds. However, a photo by Jim Bowie from back in April 2010, produced in  Simerg’s highly acclaimed photo essay, In the Making: The Aga Khan Museum, the Ismaili Centre and their Park: PDF presentation,  showed bunches of cut-up trees ready to be removed from the project site.  “Imagine our surprise,” writes Jim Bowie who lives in a condominium building just across from the site, “when on September 14, 2011 – a short 16 months later – trees were being planted…lots of trees!”

April 2010. "No need to worry...the trees will be replaced" noted Bowie in Simerg's photo essay caption. Photo: Jim Bowie. Copyright. Please click for enlargement.

We are delighted to share with our readers Bowie’s new photos which also reflect the rapid pace of the construction effort. Jim, a hobbyist photographer, has been taking a photo everyday since Spring 2010, and his interest in the project will amount to probably one of the best documented records of the project’s evolution from its inception to its completion in the not too distant future.

September 14, 2011. The return of the trees. Photo: Jim Bowie. Copyright. Click for enlargement.

September 14, 2011. The return of the trees 2. Planting. Photo: Jim Bowie. Copyright. Please click for enlargement.

September 14, 2011. The return of the trees 3. Also, note the phenomenal progress of the construction of this project conceived by His Highness the Aga Khan, 49th Imam of Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims. Photo: Jim Bowie. Copyright. Please click for enlargement.

Readers who haven’t viewed the photo essay are invited to click In the Making as well as to read the winning essays of the Al-Mahdiya essay competition organized and sponsored by this Website following the publication of the photo essay. Please click “Why I am Excited About the Aga Khan Museum, the Ismaili Centre and Their Park” and “Why I Like This Photo”.

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One thought on “The Aga Khan Museum, the Ismaili Centre and their Park – The Story of the Trees

  1. Thanks Malik for these historical records. Future generation will astound how the buildings, the park and the environment are coming up step by step and preserved. Congratulation to Mr.Jim Bowie also by taking us to the scenario to the great city of Toronto. We will be eager to witness all this up to the end phase.

    Paderbornersj, City of Paderborn in Germany

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