On April 28, 2008, one thousand six hundred and six ducks,
mallards and buﬄeheads, landed on the Aurora tailings pond, a
lake of toxic waste and contaminated water, the residue from oil sands mining operations; most of the ﬂock died within minutes. The Duck Memorial Gallery consists of one thousand six hundred and six origami ducks folded from 5” squares of coloured paper – ﬁve being the number of surviving ducks. Folding began on Remembrance Day, 2009, and was completed on April 28, 2010, the second anniversary of the ducks’ death.
Instructions on how to fold a Memorial Duck, along with
origami paper, will be supplied to visitors at a small table set up in
the gallery. A jar of tarsand, upon a plinth, will also be part of the
A minimum of 60 duck-shaped gingerbread cookies will be
supplied for the opening reception.