Winners Announced for Pop Up @ the Square Design Competition

Grab your binoculars! A pod of life-sized orca replicas will be popping-up in Centennial Square this summer. 

 Selected from 33 submissions, ranging from design concepts from a local secondary school to as far afield as Indonesia, Mexico and Poland, the jury selected ‘Follow the Pod’ as the overall winner of the Pop Up @ the Square Design Competition. The ‘Follow the Pod’ play structure aims to raise awareness of the threatened Southern Resident Killer Whale population by allowing visitors to play and interact with the life-sized sculptures.

The winning design was submitted by a Vancouver Island-based team led by WildVision Edutainment Inc. and Envision Designs and Development. The winning team will receive a $5,000 award, and up to $50,000 for the design, construction and installation. ‘Follow the Pod’ will be installed in Centennial Square in early July. 

Complete List of Winning Submissions:

  • Overall Winner:‘Follow the Pod’ (WildVision Edutainment and Envision Designs and Development) #13
  • People’s Choice Award Winner ($1,000 cash prize): ‘Game Plan’ (Waymark Architecture) #32
  • Honourable Mention:‘Under the table and dreaming’ (Cascadia Architects Inc.) #9
  • Honourable Mention:‘Spindle Whorl Playscape’ (Yiwen Ruan and Bo Lu) #24

Learn more here.