Latest Fossil from the Future lands along Okanagan Lake

The latest capsule is the fifth piece in an ongoing temporary public art project produced by Okanagan-based artist Johann Wessels.

Fossil from the Future

Strange Fossils from the Future continue to appear in Kelowna’s downtown. The most recent was discovered attached to a light standard near the Kelowna Yacht Club.

This time the capsule contains a fossilized mass of cellular phones. Underneath, a metal label reads: “A mass of petrified devices with grids of small raised areas–function unknown.” So does whoever sent this capsule back to us have no understanding of our current communication technology? It raises the question of how we will communicate in the future—perhaps telepathically.

People interested in seeing the piece can find it along the lakeside path between Stuart Park and the yacht club. Everyone is encouraged to join the conversation—snap a photo, Tweet about it, post on Facebook, or even film their own video, and use the hashtag #futurefossils.

The latest capsule is the fifth piece in an ongoing temporary public art project entitled Fossils from the Future. It is being produced by Okanagan-based artist Johann Wessels, and is presented by the Kelowna Art Gallery.

The earlier works are in the following locations:

* Suspended from the mesh above the Cultural District walkway that runs behind the Courthouse, between the Rotary Centre for the Arts and the downtown branch of ORL library

* On a light standard that has a “busking stop” sign on it, next to the grassy area, to the west of the Rotary Centre for the Arts

• On Bernard Avenue, along the southern edge of Kerry Park, across the street from the Paramount theatre and

• On a pole outside the Kelowna City Hall’s south-side entrance, near Queensway.

A website that features photos, videos, and articles for the project can be found at


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