Vancouver council approves chandelier art project under Granville Street Bridge

Vancouver council has approved a chandelier art project that will hang under the Granville Street Bridge.

The chandelier, which will hang under the north end of the bridge, will be paid for and maintained by Westbank Corporation. The company has built many structures in Vancouver including the Shangri -La tower.

The chandelier will cost $1.2 million and was designed by B.C. artist Rodney Graham.

The giant light fixture, over the course of a day, will rotate and rise up into the bridge deck. Then, at a pre-determined time, it will release and twirl rapidly down to its starting point.

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Spinning Chandelier from westbankcorp on Vimeo.

It is expected that the chandelier will be installed in about 18 months.

Another art project from Westbank Corporation was also approved on Tuesday night. A number of lanterns will be strung above the alley of the Telus city block, from West Georgia to Robson Streets.

Both projects will be lit with LED lights at night.

Westbank Corporation is the same company behind the the Vancouver House, the twisting 59-storey tower that has begun to be built at the foot of the Granville Street Bridge.

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There are a number of public art installations around Vancouver, including the ‘Angel of Victory’ outside Waterfront Station, the ‘drop’ outside the Vancouver Convention Centre and ‘A-maze-ing Laughter’, also known as the Laughing Statues in Morton Park.

Do you have an idea for any public art pieces in Vancouver? Let us know in the comments.

We took a look through our archives to dig up some video on other art projects:

Revamped Empire Fields prepares for controversial public art installation

Tue, May 19: Vancouver city council is being asked to approve a location for a pricey piece of interactive art. Elaine Yong reports.

Robson Plaza public art problem

Wed, Aug 26: This year’s Robson Street art installation in Vancouver has run into a problem that’s forcing people to avoid it. Jeremy Hunka reports.

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Vancouver’s latest public art piece ‘Trans Am Totem” installed near False Creek

Tue, Mar 31: The latest addition to Vancouver’s art scene is on display — and it’s highly unique. Catherine Urquhart now with a look at the sculpture — and what inspired the artist.

Squire’s Take: Everything Is Going To Be Alright

Wed, Feb 25: Is it art or a motto? Squire Barnes talks to real estate mogul Bob Rennie about the pièce de résistance in his art collection – Martin Creed’s neon light sculpture ‘Everything Is Going To Be Alright.’

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New West container sculpture gets locals talking

Fri, May 2: Should recycled shipping containers really represent the city of New Westminster?  That’s what councillors are grappling with as they consider installing an art piece called “Wow New Westminster.”

Lululemon founder donates money for ‘A-mazing- Laughter’ sculpture

Sat, Aug 11 –  A popular sculpture in Vancouver’s English Bay gets to stay thanks to a generous donation from the founder of LuluLemon.

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