The Museum of Vancouver (“MOV”) and Nature Vancouver proudly present the illuminating exhibition, Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives, on display from June 28, 2018 to September 2019.
This exhibition delves into the life stories of local animals and plants—how they relate to each other and how they connect people to nature in the city. Scenic design, videos, taxidermy, crowd-sourcing technologies, and the display of natural specimens breathe life into these tales of co-habitation. The immersive nature of the exhibition, including hands-on activities, encourages visitors to examine their relationship with nature, think about momentarily disconnecting from their devices, and find equilibrium with the natural world around them.
Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives
Dates: June 28, 2018 through September 2019
Where: Museum of Vancouver (1100 Chestnut St, Vancouver)
The exhibition, designed by architects Daniel Irvine and Chad Manley, features two main experiences: The Encounter Room and The Engagement Room.
The Encounter Room features stories by local nature lovers, designers, and Indigenous knowledge holders that are surprising, unsettling, and strangely beautiful. As the pattern of rain echoes around them, visitors huddle under a tarp and listen to stories about this vital natural element; They eavesdrop on a hunting story, while sitting at a table across from a Roosevelt elk; and they traverse a wildlife corridor of large mammals—some, like the coyote, co-habiting with us today; others, like the wolf, regionally extinct. The Encounter Room also challenges visitors to discover themselves as physical creatures through crawling spaces, a climbing wall, and hidden animals that can only be discovered through peepholes.
The Engagement Room offers a counterpoint where visitors can study and share cultural knowledge about nature. Large interactive learning pods will present natural history specimens (flora and fauna), soundscapes, and short films; the themes shared in the pods were identified by an advisory group of environmental educators, Indigenous cultural workers, public health and forestry researchers, and architects. A crowd-sourced map showing “nature hotspots” in the city and a shadow puppet theatre will ask visitors of all ages to think about their own encounters with nature, while sound stations and matching games will test their knowledge of birds, plants, and animals. Displays point to the loss of local biodiversity associated with urbanization and a call for action to mitigate environmental degradation.
Wild Things is the first MOV exhibition to physically embody sustainability; therefore, a significant portion is built from reclaimed construction materials. Creating an exhibition within these parameters is the first step toward formalizing a policy that will insist on extensive upcycling of materials in the fabrication of all MOV exhibitions. This effort is supported by the Upcycle Vancouver program, a municipal experiment spearheaded by the Vancouver Economic Commission that aims to create a no-waste city.
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I have a family pack of 4 passes to give away to this fascinating exhibition, here’s how you can enter to win:
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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Thursday, July 26, 2018
Update The winner is Laura!