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Monumental crystal chandelier installed under Granville Street Bridge

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.

Vancouver House chandelier installation
Installation of the Spinning Chandelier, Monday, November 19, 2019.

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

 

Spinning Chandelier Rodney Graham
The Spinning Chandelier, installed under the Granville Street Bridge in Vancouver.
Spinning Chandelier Rodney Graham
The Spinning Chandelier, installed under the Granville Street Bridge in Vancouver.
Spinning Chandelier Rodney Graham
The Spinning Chandelier, installed under the Granville Street Bridge in Vancouver.
Chandelier pre installation
The chandelier, as seen Tuesday morning before installation.

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.

Vancouver House tower
Vancouver House, as seen November 30, 2019.
Vancouver House tower
Vancouver House, as seen November 30, 2019.
Spinning Chandelier model
Model of the Spinning Chandelier by Rodney Graham at Westbank’s Vancouver House.

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Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner
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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