Douglas Coupland’s New Exhibit At The Vancouver Aquarium Sheds Light On Plastic Pollution

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Visiting the Vancouver Aquarium is the perfect opportunity to dive into aquatic wildlife. However, Douglas Coupland, Ocean Wise, and the folks at the Vancouver Aquarium just introduced something a little different to visitors.

Coupland’s latest exhibition titled Vortex opened on May 18 and brings awareness to plastic pollution in BC’s waterways.

The exhibit uses a variety of displays and sculpture to stimulate new conversations about reducing the growing problem of ocean plastic pollution.

In one display, waste collected in the yearly Canadian shoreline clean up is arranged by colour. Some of the disposals include, tampon applicators, toothbrushes, lightbulbs, straws, and shotgun shells.

“We put them into this museological setting for people to detach themselves and see why these kinds of products, when thrown away, might be an issue.” – Coupland

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In the future, Coupland hopes this exhibition will travel to other parts of the world. Ultimately, he wants to continue changing people’s perspectives to them thinking about proper use and disposal of single use plastics.

Douglas Coupland’s Vortex

Location: The Vancouver Aquarium

Admission: Vancouver Aquarium Admission Rates Apply

Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Date: Friday, May 18th, 2018 – Tuesday, April 20, 2019

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