A signature piece of the Vancouver House development is now being installed ahead of an official unveiling next week. Vancouver artist Rodney Graham's Spinning Chandelier, a kinetic re-creation of a 200-year-old French chandelier, will be hoisted between Pacific Street and Beach Avenue under the Granville Street Bridge.

Spinning Chandelier artistic illustration, image via Westbank

The 7,500-pound chandelier is constructed of stainless steel, LED lamps and over 600 polyurethane "crystals". It took over three years to design and manufacture. The sculpture is a physical manifestation of Graham's 35-mm film Torqued Chandelier Release, which depicts an 18th century crystal chandelier spinning rapidly as its supporting cable is unwound. Graham says the 14 by 21-foot piece is an "artistic exploration of Newton's Law of Rotational Motion."

Spinning Chandelier will descend twice a day at fixed times, twirling as it does so, before ascending back to its original position. 

Vancouver House, image by Forum contributor City Of Rain

The official unveiling will take place on Wednesday, November 27th from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. Rodney Graham and Westbank founder Ian Gillespie will take part in the sculpture's inauguration, which will be accompanied by live music and food trucks.

Additional information along with renderings of the tower can be found in our Database file for the project, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum thread, or leave a comment in the space provided at the bottom of this page.