Standing Bear wireframe 40cm:
'The Unexpected' is a series of drawings and 3D printed models which were inspired when we heard of the Northern Gateway Pipeline proposal that is set to run straight through the Great Bear Rainforest, BC - the largest region of coastal temperate rainforest left on the planet and home less than 400 enchanting Spirit Bears.
The Spirit Bear has its history rooted firmly in First Nations legend. Serving as a reminder of last great ice age it teaches us to appreciate the lush green environment we have today, and it’s with this message that we created these pieces. If we continue to recklessly endanger these regions, stripping them of their life, we could soon return this land to a barren, inhospitable place.
We chose the low polygon style because it depicts the form in the simplest way – a representation of how our memories of the bears, wolves and orca of this region will fade over time, until we cannot see them as more than a shape in our mind.
Enbridge doesn’t expect to have a problem transporting oil and bitumen down the BC coast, but mass devastation of any kind is very rarely ‘expected’.
If you would like to learn more about our beautiful rainforest and why we want to protect it, please visit http://www.raincoast.org/
Collaborating artists are Illustrator Victoria Farrand and 3D modeller Thomas Wood.