Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives Opens to the Public June 28

Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives Opens to the Public June 28

Nature Vancouver’s co-production with the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) opens to the public on June 28, 2018.

Wild Things is an invitation to reflect on the wonders of nature up close and rekindle our relationship with the natural world in and around the city. The exhibition, organized into two large galleries, proposes two different and interrelated ways of connecting with nature: the first gallery explores direct encounters with nature; the second, our desire to understand nature and engage with it.

Beyond offering visitors a learning experience, this gallery highlights the ways cultural knowledge and perspectives directly influence our interactions with the natural world. Displays point to the loss of local biodiversity associated with urbanization and make calls for action to mitigate environmental degradation.

In 2016, MOV joined the Vancouver Design Upcycle program, a municipal experiment spearheaded by the Vancouver Economic Commission that aims to create a no-waste city, or circular economy. In a circular economy, products and materials are reused and production chains are rethought to minimize waste and maximize the value of resources. Wild Things is the first MOV exhibition to physically embody the idea of sustainability, so a significant portion is built from reclaimed construction materials. Building 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.

Nature Vancouver volunteers have contributed over 700 hours on this project since 2016.  From June 30 to October 27, volunteers from Nature Vancouver and other organizations will share their knowledge and passion with visitors on Saturdays.  Check the events page for details.  These events are free with admission to the museum.  This exhibition is one of many events that celebrate our centenary.

Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives runs until approximately December 2019.

Wild Things Project Team
Nature Vancouver Associate Curators: Elena Klein (lead), Bev Ramey
MOV Curator/Project Lead: Viviane Gosselin
Co-Curator: Lee Beavington
Designers: Chad Manley, Daniel Irvine

Curator of Collections: Wendy Nichols
Curator of Indigenous Collections and Engagement: Sharon Fortney
Curatorial Associate: Christine Pennington, Jillian Povarchook
Curatorial Intern: Audrey Ste-Marie

Communication and Development Director: Sue Griffin
Conservator: Fiona Hernandez
Conservation Intern: Hayley Monroe

Fabrication Coordinator: Josh Doherty
Fabrication Assistants: Neil Chung, Rama Flarsheim, Blake Kriedemann, Jason Mc Rae, Misha Olynyk, Justine Rego, Winter Stacey
Chief Operating Officer/AV Coordination: Mike Mallen
Graphic Designer (additional work): Mia Hansen

Marketing Assistant: Jasmine Crisp
Public Programmers: Allan Kollins, Kevin Shipaleski
School Programming/Educators: Jane Lougheed (Manager), Ashley Jones
Kendall Kloosterman, Rebecca Cron, Bérangère Descamps
Soundscape Artist: Dustin Clark

Advisors and Content Contributors

Squamish First Nation: Tracy Williams
Musqueam First Nation: Larissa Grant, Jason Woolman, Vanessa Campbell
Tseil-Waututh First Nation: Michelle George, Carleen Thomas
UBC Forestry Department; School of Population & Public Health: Matilda van den Bosch, Sara Barron, and Emily Rugel
Vancouver Economic Commission: Pietra Basilij

For Nature Vancouver

Angela Bond
Christine Rock
Daphne Solecki
Greg Ferguson
Helen Aqua
Istvan Orosi
Jeremy McCall
Joan Lopez
Joseph Lin
Karen Needham
Kathryn Ney
Linda Jennings
Louise Pedersen
Lyn Grants
Margaret Ostrowski
Nancy Prober
Nigel Peck
Olivia Lee
Paul Geddes
Rob Butler
Ron Long
Sheila Byers
Stephen Partington
Susan Fisher

Surf Scoter Film
Liron Gertsman

Bird Song Recordings
Ken Hall and Peter Ward

School of Interactive Arts and Technology – Simon Fraser University
Susan Clements-Vivian
Kate Hennessy
Aynur Kadir

Film Participants:
Al Grass
Jude Grass
Delmar Williams

Upcycling Partners & Allies:
Keep It Green Recycling
Habitat for Humanity – Greater Vancouver
Vancouver Economic Commission: Vancouver Upcycle Program

Community Partner:
Royal British Columbia Museum (loans of Natural History specimens)
Beaty Biodiversity Museum

Thank you:
Second City Graphics
We acknowledge that the city of Vancouver is on the shared, unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam, Skwxwú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

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