Camosun Bog, Alexandria Tsang, 2012, 02:16
This video juxaposes the imposing threats on the rare and fragile ecosystem of the beautiful wilderness of Camosun Bog. The intention of the video is to bring awareness to the public and keep the bog the way nature intended it. By juxtaposing the calmness of nature and its jarring threats, tension is created, causing a feeling of discomfort and uneasiness that pulls the viewer in and out of the video. Camosun Bog, part of Pacific Spirit Park in Vancouver, BC is a host to many rare plants and a home to many animals. Sphagnum moss is one of the most important elements in the bog; it is what makes Camosun bog a bog. There are many threats that are harming this serene and rare landscape. One, is the two large drains that boarder the bog. In 1929, these drains were installed and to this day cause low water levels that contribute to the degradation of this wetland. According to The David Suzuki Foundation’s project "Natural Capital in BC’s Lower Mainland", this location has many ecological benefits that are being threatened. There is growing concern regarding the loss of wetlands in British Columbia. According to the B.C. government, 50 to 70 per cent of the original wetlands in the Fraser River Lowlands have been lost, due to conversion for other land use. This ecological community is a place of nature, a place to learn, a place of peacefulness. The video is also a place of learning and a place to become aware. This work will be shown as part of the exhibition "Natural Capital" at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Museum, Steveston, BC., from Dec, 3, 2012 to the end of April, 2013. Visit Camosun Bog's website at camosunbog.org/
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