A massive crystal chandelier, suspended under the Granville Street Bridge, has been officially unveiled.
Crews used a small crane to lift the chandelier into place under the bridge deck at Beach Avenue and Granville Street, next to the Vancouver House development.
Developer Westbank commissioned the monumental public art piece as part of its Vancouver House development. The chandelier — entitled Spinning Chandelier — measures 25.5′ ft by 14′ ft., and was created by artist Rodney Graham. It cost $4.5 million, paid for by developer public art contributions.
It weighs over 7,500 lbs. and is constructed of stainless steel, LED lighting and over 600 polyurethane crystals. Design and manufacturing stretched over three years.
It’s also called Spinning Chandelier for a reason — twice per day, the chandelier will descend, spinning rapidly before it ascends back to its starting point.
Video: Spinning Chandelier unveiling
Video: Huge chandelier installed under bridge
The chandelier public art is the first piece of the public realm in and around the Vancouver House development to be unveiled, which will include a new London Drugs, Fresh St. Market grocer, and more. There are also new, pedestrian-friendly areas under the bridge.
Peter Meiszner is an experienced journalist and media relations professional, based in Vancouver. As founder of urbanYVR.com, he has been reporting on urban development across the Lower Mainland since 2016, and has also served as vice-chair of the Gastown Historic Area Planning Committee. In October 2022, he was elected to Vancouver city council and is no longer actively reporting for urbanYVR.
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