Acclaimed Canadian artist Douglas Coupland is gearing up for the launch of his new exhibition highlighting ocean plastic pollution at the Vancouver Aquarium this week.
The year-long installation, Vortex, will highlight the environmental issue of plastic waste in the world’s oceans, and the impact it has on marine life and the eco-system.
According to a release from the Vancouver Aquarium, the piece “will immerse Aquarium visitors in a contemplative, emotive, and transformative experience at the nexus between art and environment.”
“Plastic is at once beautiful yet ugly; seductive yet toxic,” said Coupland. “During these same two decades, I’ve also been visiting Haida Gwaii annually, beachcombing, and hiking.”
“In the years following the 2013 Japanese earthquake and its ensuing tsunami, the plastics I once bought in Tokyo began washing up on my home shores. It changed me on a deep level. It chilled me. I knew I had to explore the strange new relationship humans have established with the planet.”
As well as the garbage patch display, there will also be interactive experiences throughout the aquarium that highlight the ways plastic has penetrated and impacted our oceans.
The exhibition is a collaboration between Coupland and Ocean Wise, a not-for-profit organization aimed at making sure the world’s oceans are healthy and flourishing.
Coupland’s Vortex opens to the public on Friday, May 18, 2018.
When: Opens Friday, May 18, 2018, for one year
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Included in Aquarium tickets, $30-$39