The holiday season is upon us and the Aquarium has been busily preparing the galleries for Luminescence, a celebration of aquatic light, which runs until January 2, 2012.

This year our preparations went far beyond the standard tinsel and tree lights. We have created two exciting new features that will be sure to add some sparkle to your holidays. One of these exciting new features is Jelly Swarm, an interactive installation made by Tangible Intervention, in collaboration with origami artist Joseph Wu. This incredible installation is made up of over 94 paper jellies and was inspired by local jellies off the B.C coast. Visitors can interact with each of the origami jellies by using a touch screen to create unique patterns of light in the swarm hanging above. There was much excitement over the past week as staff and volunteers watched the unfolding events of a very complex install.

This commissioned work took over three months of detailed mathematical planning and design followed by three long nights of installation by both Tangible Intervention and Aquarium staff. We hope you have time to come by and experience it for yourself.

A big thank you to the install team who sacrificed many nights of sleep to get this installed in time. We are so excited about the results. A great idea – perfectly executed! Also a special thank you to Don, the Aquarium painter, who stayed late and came in early every day this week to help complete this project.

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