The installation of a grand spinning faux-crystal, 18th century candelabra on the underside of the Granville Street Bridge has been approved for Vancouver City Council, as well as a series of lanterns in a pedestrian alley in the new Telus Gardens.
While both the chandelier and the lanterns will be located on public land, the art installations were proposed by Westbank as a requirement of the new Public Art Policy and Procedures for Rezoned Developments. A developer is required to provide approved public art on public land that’s been rezoned.
This means Westmark is responsible for installing, maintaining and removing the installations at all times, and the sculptures come at no cost to the city.
The immense chandelier is the creation of Abbotsford-born Rodney Graham, and recreates an earlier work by the artist titled Torqued Chandelier Release. Graham is best known as a member of the internationally renowned “Vancouver School’ of photoconceptualism, which includes artists Roy Arden, Stan Douglas, Ken Lum, Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace and others.
The large kinetic chandelier (4 x 6 metres; 13 x 20 feet) will be installed under the bridge’s northern viaduct. It will rotate slowly as it ascends, then once a day it will release.
“…once a day at a fixed time, it will release and spin rapidly, descending back to its starting point, coming to rest halfway to the road below.”
It’s part of the Vancouver House development by the Westbank Group at Granville and Beach, slated to open in 2018.
Telus Gardens Hanging Lanterns also approved
These lanterns were also proposed by Westbank as part of the Telus Gardens redevelopment project in the core of downtown Vancouver. The lanterns will be suspended above a re-designed pedestrian City lane.
The design, titled Beyond the Sea: Against the Sun, is by Scottish sculptor Martin Boyce. According to the proposal the lanterns follows a geometric design that are shaped like a leaf.
“…consists of three continuous chains of hanging lanterns that converge at the point where the Richards Street lane meets the alleyway running from Robson Street through to Georgia Street.”