In the late 1980’s Phillip McCrumb fell through the roof of the original Knights of Pythias canopy at the front door of the Western Front. More than twenty years later, artist/architect Robert Kleyn has created a new permanent canopy over the buildings entrance.
Robert Kleyn is a visual artist and practicing architect. After studying mathematics and architecture at UBC in the early 1970s, he apprenticed as an architect in Rome, where he was active as an artist. In the early 1980s he was part of the New York media arts group CoLab Projects which spawned venues like Fashion Moda and ABC No Rio. From 1996 to 2003, he practiced architecture in Michigan, teaching at the University of Detroit and the University of Michigan. Kleyn’s visual art includes photography, video, slide works, installation and performance. His works have been included in exhibitions in Europe and North America. He had a solo exhibition at the Belkin Satellite in 2006 and at Catriona Jeffries Gallery in 2009. His writings on visual art have been published in Canadian Art and other art magazines.