Digital Orca behind the Olympic Cauldron Photo: Ted Topping
Most people call the Digital Orca either "Lego Orca" or "Pixel Whale," a sure sign that, once again, a Douglas Coupland creation is drawing attention and sparking a reaction. There’s a clear “do not climb” plaque at the foot of the inviting square “steps” that form the whale’s tail, yet invariably people climb it to pose for pictures. It’s just too much like a fun, gigantic toy!
The Digital Orca is part of the Vancouver Convention Centre Art Project, which has brought 11 major works and several smaller ones inside and outside the new Convention Centre.
Photo: Ted Topping
About the artist: Douglas Coupland is an annoyingly multi-talented artist who has lived most of his 48 years in Vancouver. He is a successful novelist, writer, screenwriter, actor, sculptor and industrial designer. He has published ten novels and several non-fiction books in 36 languages. His best known novels are Generation X (1991), Microserfs (1995), Girlfriend in a coma (1997) and JPod (2006). This summer, Coupland added fashion designer to his list of creative talents, launching his first collection of cool clothing for the Canadian brand Roots.
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