November 11th will be your last chance to see Douglas Coupland’s Vortex,
at the Vancouver Aquarium.
Vortex takes you on an imaginative journey to the Great Pacific Garbage
Patch and immerses you in the ocean plastic pollution crisis. This exhibit,
by world-renowned artist Douglas Coupland, will make you think about
plastic in a relevant, contemplative, and transformative way.
The focal point of Vortex is a 50,000 litre water installation. A battered
day-fishing boat from Japan, lost during the tsunami in 2011 and found on
the shores of Haida Gwaii in 2017, sits at the centre of the ocean. The
crew, a collection of four realistic and fantastical characters, are adrift
in a dense gyre of waves, mist, and marine debris collected from British
Vortex has been running since May 2018, and is one of the many ways
that’s Ocean Wise is bringing attention to the plastic pollution crisis.
The installation is complemented by interactive experiences throughout the
Vancouver Aquarium galleries that highlight the ways plastic has penetrated
and impacted our oceans. Access to Vortex is included in your Vancouver
Aquarium admission ticket.