'Harvie's Blue Plate Special' is the centre piece of the exhibition, displaying almost an entire room decked out to reflect a hunting theme. The wooden fireplace is carved with hung birds and stags' heads; there are antler horn chairs and a framed mirror, prints of game animals on the walls and one of the mannequins is dressed in a leopard skin coat. It is worth spending time sitting and looking at all the exhibits, especially this one, to appreciate the level of detail and amazing collection of artefacts in each installation.
One of my favourites is the 'G'Ma's Curio Cabinet' which shows a mannequin in a red silk dress and matching cape lined with faux fox fur, wearing a top hat and standing in front of shelves spilling over with stuffed animal toys, puppet animals and wooden toys from different eras.
The aim of Kaleidoscopic Animalia is to provide a visual smorgasbord of contemporary life peppered with animal influences. It is a wonderful show that will capture the imagination of both adults and children.
The exhibition is on the second floor of the Glenbow Museum, which is located on the corner of Stephen (8th) Avenue and 1st Street.