Uninterrupted turns concrete bridge into a projection screen for salmon run

Each year, the B.C. salmon run attracts thousands of visitors.

This summer, salmon-lovers won’t even have to leave the city to see this natural phenomenon.

Beginning June 28 and running until late September, five nights a week, digital imagery of migrating Pacific salmon will be projected on the undersurface of the kilometre-long Cambie Bridge. The installation “brings the heart of a BC river right into the heart of the city,” as the media release puts it.

Viewing is from Coopers’ Park/Marinaside Crescent at the north end of the bridge, for a standing capacity of 800 people. It’s free and family friendly, and there is an accessibility viewing area.

Uninterrupted runs Tues-Sat (except during Celebration of Light fireworks) and starts at 10 p.m. (organizers are suggesting people arrive before 9:45 p.m.) and then, beginning Aug. 15, at 9 p.m. Each projection lasts 25 minutes, with original score (no narration).

A companion website at uninterrupted.ca will extend the experience by connecting
site visitors with stories of people working to restore salmon habitat, places to
see salmon in the wild, and ways to get involved.

Vancouver filmmaker Nettie Wild was inspired to do the project by a visit to the Adams River during a peak salmon run. Joining Nettie Wild on the project are producers Betsy Carson and Rae Hull, who have earned international accolades for their innovative work in media.

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