Sitting with Species at Risk
Elyse Portal’s project brings attention to local Vancouver Island plant species in risk of extinction. Portal builds an altar for species-at-risk out of the gallery’s neighbourhood found and trash objects. She invites the public to build clay bowls for each near extinction northwest coast plant, candles are lit in each bowl and added to the altar. At the close of the project the bowls are fitted with at-risk plant seeds and left outdoors with a chance to propagate.