Rodney Graham

Rodney Graham
Spinning Chandelier


Rodney Graham is an artist and musician who pulls at the threads of cultural and intellectual history through photography, film, music, performance and painting.

  • Born in Abbotsford, British Columbia 
  • Education - University of British Columbia
  • Recipient of multiple awards including: the GershonIskowitzPrize, Toronto (2004), the Kurt Schwitters-Preis, NiedersächsicheSparkassenstiftung, Germany (2006) and the AudainPrize for lifetime achievement in visual arts, British Columbia (2011)
  • Dealer: The Lisson Gallery

“Spinning Chandelier,” by Vancouver artist Rodney Graham is a kinetic sculpture that will transform the vast, cathedral-like spaces under the Granville Bridge. 

Graham’s sculpture extends from his 2005 35-fi lm loop installation Torqued Chandelier Release in which a crystal chandelier whirls rapidly as its supporting cable is unwound. Installed under the bridge above the intersection of lower Granville with Beach Avenues, a monumental 14 by 21 foot faux glass recreation of the fi lm’s 18th century French chandelier will slowly rotate and rise over the course of twenty-four hours, then once a day release and dynamically spin back to its starting point. “Spinning Chandelier” will quickly become an urban icon, turning a dark under-bridge into the enjoyable focus of public celebration. 

Visualizations and technical study drawings of “Spinning Chandelier”, courtesy of Rodney Graham studio.