1600 Pandas + World Tour in Canada arrives at Metrotown
After being showcased around the world in over 100 exhibits, the world-class art installation of 888 papier-mâché pandas by acclaimed French artist Paulo Grangeon finally made its first North American appearance. That debut is at Metropolis at Metrotown from July 10 until August 8, 2018, with the artist making an appearance on opening day to greet visitors and meet with media. Metropolis at Metrotown and consulting curator AllRightsReserved Ltd., proudly present the exhibit 1600 Pandas+ World Tour in Canada to raise awareness of wildlife conservation, pandas and sustainability.
The exhibition features various activities including a selfie Panda Photo Zone, contests including a chance to win a Grand Prize trip for a family of four to see the pandas at the Calgary Zoo, and the opportunity to reserve and adopt one of the papier-mâché pandas on display. Visitors who would like to adopt a papier-mâché panda can pre-register at the exhibit by donating to WWF-Canada on the adoption kiosks and be able to pick up their panda after the exhibit concludes. All proceeds from this exhibit will be donated to beneficiary organization World Wildlife Fund-Canada (WWF-Canada) to fund wildlife conservation research and education. Burnaby Neighbourhood House’s volunteers will be staffing the exhibit as Metropolis at Metrotown’s local community partner.
The 1600 Pandas World Tour was first launched in 2008 by the WWF and Paulo Grangeon, who handcrafted 1,600 papier-mâché pandas— the number of living pandas left in the wild at that time — with recycled materials. The updated exhibit title “1600 Pandas+” refers not only to the 17 per cent increase in the population of wild giant pandas to over 1,800 in the past decade, but also to increased public awareness of panda conservation, as an always symbolic reminder of wildlife sustainability.