Take a walk downtown and you might come upon what appears to be a small crashed spacecraft. It seems to have become entangled and stuck suspended above a popular Cultural District walkway.
Is it some kind of hoax? No, it’s the launch of Fossils from the Future, a public art project, created by Okanagan-based artist Johann Wessels and presented by the Kelowna Art Gallery.
Pedestrians will notice a metal label near the wreckage that offers information and ideas for interacting with the piece. People are encouraged to dive further into the experience and read what others have to say, watch video clips from “experts,” and check out other behind-the-scenes “leaked” information by visiting kelownaartgallery.com.
“One of the primary aims of this project is to get the community involved,” says Nataley Nagy, executive director at the Kelowna Art Gallery. “Use the hashtag #futurefossils and join the conversation—snap a photo, Tweet about it, post on Facebook, or even film your own video. We really want to hear what people think about these puzzling objects and hope that a lively discussion will ensue.”
Where will the next fossil be seen and when will it appear? “You’ll have to be on the lookout over the next five months and discover them for yourself,” says Nagy. “Finding them is part of the fun and how residents choose to interact with the pieces will add to the ongoing narrative that will continue to build.”
For up-to-date news and additional information about the Fossils from the Future project, visit www.kelownaartgallery.com.