The developer of Vancouver House, the 52-storey twisting tower by the Granville Street Bridge, is proposing to hang a spinning, 18th-century-style chandelier from underneath the bridge.
Designed and conceived by artist Rodney Graham, the sculpture would be about five metres in size. Although details still have to be worked out, it would likely be made from a polymer similar to skateboard wheels that mimic crystal and allow LEDs to be embedded inside. Over the course of 24 hours, the chandelier would turn slowly while rising. At a predetermined time once a day, it would be released and descend to its original position. Vancouver House wants to hang the chandelier from the bridge deck above Beach Avenue.
Ian Gillespie, president of Westbank Projects, the developer of Vancouver House, believes Graham’s artwork will be a major addition to the city. “This will change Vancouver,” he said in an interview. “People are going to fly to Vancouver because of this piece.”
Reid Shier, the public art consultant for Vancouver House, said the spinning chandelier will likely become as much a part of the fabric of the city as other horological time pieces such as the 9 o’clock gun, the 12 noon O Canada blast at Canada Place and the Gastown clock.
“It’s one of the more extraordinary ideas for a piece of of public art,” Shier said. “I can’t imagine a more magnetic thing to go watch. It will be one of those things that will be an extraordinary event unto itself.”
Read more at vancouversun.com