Nanton Camera Obscura

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5 miles Northeast of Nanton, Alberta
Range Road 280, 2 miles west of Provincial Road 533
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Coutts Centre for Western Canadian Heritage (University of Lethbridge) Open: May 1 to October 31, 8am-6pm

The Nanton Camera Obscura, at the University of Lethbridge’s Coutts Centre for Western Canadian Heritage, is located on the prairies of western Canada, five miles northeast of the town of Nanton, Alberta. By way of a repurposed Western Steel grain bin dating to the latter 1920s — among the earlier of such structures in the area — the camera obscura provides a 360˚ panorama of the Coutts Centre and surrounding farmlands. The optical mechanism is rotated by way of a simple mechanical arrangement inspired by studies of Eise Eisinga’s eighteenth century planetarium in Franeker, Netherlands. The Nanton Camera Obscura has been created with the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, as well as the University of Lethbridge and Thompson Rivers University.

Artist: Donald Lawrence


Posted: 28 May, 2019


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