“Spinning Chandelier,” by Vancouver artist Rodney Graham is a kinetic sculpture that transforms the vast, cathedral-like spaces under the Granville Bridge.
“Spinning Chandelier,” by Vancouver artist Rodney Graham is a kinetic sculpture that will transform the vast, cathedral-like space under the Granville Bridge. Graham’s sculpture extends from his 2005 35-film loop installation Torqued Chandelier Release, in which a crystal chandelier whirls rapidly as its supporting cable is unwound. The film was originally inspired by Sir Isaac Newton’s bucket experiment, exploring the laws of rotational motion.
Installed under the bridge above the intersection of lower Granville Street and Beach Avenue, a monumental 14 by 25.5 foot recreation of the film’s 18th century French chandelier will illuminate, descend and spin for four minutes, before ascending, back to its starting point each day at 12pm, 4pm and 9pm. “Spinning Chandelier” will quickly become an urban landmark, turning a dark under-bridge into a civic moment of celebration for the public realm surrounding Vancouver House.