MISSION, BC—A new public art project dubbed as “Atlantis” has been completed at the Mission Leisure Centre pool featuring an octopus and friends hanging above and around the teach pool.
The original artwork was composed during the COVID-19 pool closure and completed upon the re-opening of the pool at the end of 2020. The artwork includes an Octopus hanging from the ceiling, a tot slide with sculpted seahorses, coral covered pillars and several other fish brought to life through detailed air brush work.
“The artwork has a magical underwater feeling with crumbling features representing the lost city of Atlantis,” said Stephanie Key, Deputy Director of Parks, Recreation and Culture. “Children swimming in the tot pool have adored looking up and feeling like they are swimming under the sea.”
The octopus was selected as the main feature for its fascinating traits, in fact the Giant Pacific Octopus is thought to be very intelligent and has 3 hearts, nine brains, eight arms, blue blood and is incredibly flexible. They swim gracefully with ease and release their ink to camouflage themselves or as a defense mechanism.
This project would not have been complete without the help from residents to name the octopus in a contest held on Facebook by Parks, Recreation & Culture. There were numerous entries submitted and the selected name is ‘Inky’. Inky was submitted by 2 individuals, Mat Lapointe and Callen for FarmingFamilyof5, who will receive a swimming prize pack for the pool. Thank you to everyone who participated.
Book a family swim time slot or sign up for swimming lessons to come and see Atlantis and Inky in the teach pool. All visits to the pool must be pre-registered due to COVID-19 restrictions. For further information call the Leisure Centre at 604-820-5350 or visit mission.ca/leisure.