Museum of Vancouver turns the city into a jungle with 'Rewilding Vancouver'

'Rewilding Vancouver' opens at the Museum of Vancouver on Feb. 27, 2014.
— image credit: MOV

Vancouver is a jungle. But it's a city, not the Amazon.

The Couv's downtown core is a sea of vibrancy, a lifestyle keg that serves several different cultures and tastes, and much of that vibrancy is already included in the Museum of Vancouver's standing exhibits like Neon Vancouver, but also its exhibits from past months, like its Foncie Pulice exhibit and its Daniel Evan White exhibit.

But the city's jungle is not totally natural, with the British Columbia wildlife reserved for the mountains or the ocean on the city's horizon, not the slicing streets of Granville, Oak, Cambie, and Main or the neighbourhoods of Yaletown, Gastown, or Kitsilano.

But now, the Museum (MOV) is bringing wildlife back to Lotusland with the Rewilding Vancouver exhibit, which started on Thursday (February 27, 2014) and will run until September 1.

"The Vancouver we know is more culturally attuned to and integrated with nature than any city of a comparable size on earth," reads a press release from the MOV. "Despite this, our city has dramatically transformed the natural environment.

"Rewilding Vancouver explores the city's nature as it was, is, and could be."JB MacKinnon - Museum of Vancouver

The exhibit has been presented by sponsor Pacific Salmon Foundation. It has been put together by curator Viviane Gosselin, guest curator J.B. MacKinnon, and designer Kevin McAllister.

"Almost everyone has experienced the loss of some treasured natural space – whether an entire forest or a simple vacant lot," said MacKinnon, in the release. "This exhibition is a way to connect with that feeling, and also explore the unlimited possibilities of melding the urban and wild."

In its release, the Museum also referenced the city's apparent and constant connection with its own natural wonder, citing Vancouverites' wonderment at a grey whale sighting in False Creek in 2010, and a particularly curious beaver that explored the Olympic Village in 2013.

I, personally, would add Vancouver's (and the world's) amazement at another whale in 2010 – the digital ones that graced the Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in 2010.

"Rewilding Vancouver seeks to encourage people to discover what nature was like in Vancouver's past, reconnect with nature as meaningful to their lives, and engage with efforts to make the city a wilder place," says the MOV.

The exhibit runs from now until September, from Tuesday to Sunday. Admission costs between $8 and $12, and is free to Museum members.

VIDEO: Foncie Pulice's Photo – Museum of Vancouver Exhibit in 2013

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