The walls of Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) in Barrie now reflect the great works of one of Canada’s great people. Renowned Canadian Astronaut Dr. Roberta Bondar visited RVH Monday to speak with the hospital and talk about the eight photographs she has donated through the Roberta Bondar Foundation.
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Dr. Bondar says the photos are meant to show how vulnerable our world is. “Each photo had its own unique challenges. Some required more time and patience to do, waiting for the right light. Others were death defying,” says Bondar.
Her jewel is a photograph of Mount Logan in Kluane National Park, Yukon. “It’s our highest mountain in Canada and almost inaccessible. The day I photographed it was on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the Apollo landing on the moon.”
Bondar calls it an historic piece for her collection.
“I was able to capture with the same camera type as they were using from the moon, I was shooting back at the earth with the moon in it.”
Her works will be on permanent display at RVH. They will be up for viewing in the David McCullough Hearts and Minds Gallery.
“RVH recognizes the important healing power of art and has deliberately placed beautiful, unique and thought-provoking pieces of art within the walls and on the grounds of the health centre through its ‘Art@RVH’ program,” said RVH president and CEO Janice Skot in a statement.
“We are incredibly honoured to have Dr. Bondar visit our facility and know that her beautiful photographs will inspire and enlighten our patients and visitors.”