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30 life-size driftwood sculptures will be on display in Victoria for a good cause


The next time you’re exploring Greater Victoria be sure to keep an eye out for Tanya Bub’s newest driftwood art displays. 

In support of injured, sick and orphaned wildlife, local eco-artist Bub has crafted 30 life-sized sculptures of BC wildlife to help raise funds and awareness for the Wild ARC Rehabilitation Centre.

From March 28th until April 16th, this new exhibit will feature indoor and outdoor sculptures at the Gage Gallery in Bastion Square. 

The centre which is located in Metchosin helps nearly 3,000 injured and orphaned wild animals get back on their feet each year. 

With 25% of the show’s proceeds going to Wild Arc, Bub hopes the exhibit will raise awareness about the important work being done at the rehabilitation centre, which relies on donations from community members to save wildlife.

“My goal is to give people the experience of standing in front of a wild creature like a wolf or cougar without risk to either the person or the animals,” said Bub in a press release.

She says she hopes her art will create a “feeling of awe for the amazing creatures who share our province.”

Visitors are encouraged to interact with the art, take and share selfies and read the “Did you know” facts to learn more about the depicted animals which include the following animals:

  • wolves
  • cougars
  • owls
  • eagles 
  • herons 
  • moose 
  • deer 
  • fox 
  • whale 
  • octopus 
  • hummingbirds 
  • squirrels 
  • raccoons and more

In January, social media went wild (no pun intended) after three of Bub’s  driftwood cougars were spotted along Dallas Road. 

To the dismay of many people who made the trek to see the cougars, they were only temporarily displayed while the sun graced Victoria with its presence for a photoshoot. 

“There was a bit of confusion about that because I posted it but I did it for a photo shoot,” Bub told Victoria Buzz at the time. 

To learn more about Bub’s creations you can find more information at the Gage Gallerys’ website.

Life-sized Driftwood Sculptures

  • Where: Gage Gallery, 19 Bastion Square
  • When: March 29th, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.


With files from Curt Blandy.

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