VORTEX

Vancouver Aquarium

845 Avison Way
Vancouver, BC,
V6G 3E2
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May 18 2018
Apr 30 2019
Internationally-renowned author, artist, and designer Douglas Coupland is collaborating with Ocean Wise to highlight ocean plastic pollution in a new major sculpture exhibition that will be unveiled at Vancouver Aquarium on May 18, 2019. Plastic has been apart of Coupland’s creative process for decades. The year-long installation, Vortex, will immerse Aquarium visitors in a contemplative, emotive, and transformative experience at the nexus between art and environment.
PressThe Globe and Mail

Dear Canadians, your addiction to plastic needs a cure

Since 2007, I’ve been visiting the Vale do Javari Indigenous reserve deep in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon for my film and protection campaign Tribes on the Edge. There, I’ve seen what it is to live a non-disposable lifestyle. There it becomes easy to appreciate just how much unnecessary...
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PressCBC

Plastic is choking our world, and Douglas Coupland's unprecedented new installation shows how

Step into Coupland's Vortex, which is taking over the Vancouver Aquarium for the next year
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PressCBC

Douglas Coupland explores impact of plastic waste in oceans in new Vancouver Aquarium exhibit

Artist designed Vortex to help visualize Great Pacific Garbage Patch
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PressThe Globe & Mail

Douglas Coupland hauls a piece of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to the Vancouver Aquarium

Douglas Coupland’s new installation at the Vancouver Aquarium is as playful as one expects from the pop-culture polymath, but it may also be the most didactic work of his visual-art career.
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PressThe Art Newspaper

Douglas Coupland’s work in plastic is fantastic

The writer and artist unveils an ecological work inspired by the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and a 3D-printed national portrait of Canada
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PressGeorgia Straight

Photos: Douglas Coupland tackles marine-pollution crisis with playful, plastic-packed installation

Canadian artist and writer Douglas Coupland poses with a 50,000-litre water installation from Vortex, a new exhibit at the Vancouver Aquarium that explores the public's relationship with disposable plastics.
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PressVancouver Sun

New Douglas Coupland art installation unveiled this month at Vancouver Aquarium

Famous writer and local artist Douglas Coupland’s latest art installation, an interpretation of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch called Vortex, will be unveiled later this month at the Vancouver Aquarium.
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PressGeorgia Straight

Douglas Coupland to debut art installation at Vancouver Aquarium tackling issue of marine pollution

Canadian artist and writer Douglas Coupland is expected to unveil a new art installation at the Vancouver Aquarium on May 18 that will draw attention to the mounting issue of marine pollution.
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PressDaily Hive

Douglas Coupland unveiling new installation at Vancouver Aquarium this week

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...
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PressThe Star Vancouver

Douglas Coupland’s new show calls for ‘fundamental change’ to plastic use as scientists raise alarm over secondary microplastics

After spending more than a year focusing on the global crisis of ocean plastic pollution, Canadian artist Douglas Coupland is more optimistic than ever.
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PressBusiness in Vancouver

Vancouver Aquarium sees bright post-cetacean future

The exhibit we’re doing this time is unusual because instead of hiring a scientist to curate the exhibit, it’s Douglas Coupland – one of Canada’s premier conceptual artists.
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PressVancouver Sun

Douglas Coupland, Ocean Wise team up for plastics exhibition at Vancouver Aquarium

Internationally-acclaimed artist and novelist Douglas Coupland is teaming up with Ocean Wise for a new exhibition at the Vancouver Aquarium.
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EssayThe Guardian

Why I filled a 50,000-litre aquarium with plastic debris

When Douglas Coupland saw debris from the Japanese earthquake washing up in Canada, he became fascinated by the centrality of plastic in our lives – and began to pick it up
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