The city of Vancouver, Canada has approved a public art project that will suspend a giant, spinning chandelier beneath the Granville Street Bridge. Commissioned by The Westbank Corporation and designed by local artist Rodney Graham, the sculpture is a replica of an 18th century design that will measure four by six meters (13 by 19 feet). Though it may appear to be crystal from a distance, the chandelier is actually composed of clear polymer pieces with embedded LEDs.
While it’s an incredibly creative (and beautiful) concept, the project has attracted some controversy. After all, spending $900,000 to light up an overpass may seem wasteful when so many of the homeless population actually spend their nights living in such conditions — particularly because it’s being commissioned by a developer of nearby luxury condos.
On the other hand, the project is being funded and maintained entirely by the developer, not the city. The installation is part of a mandatory program enacted by the city, requiring developers who privately rezone areas of 100,000 square feet or more to contribute $1.81 per buildable foot toward approved public art projects. So even if this project hadn’t been approved, Westbank would still be using those dollars to fund a different art installation.
At the moment, it isn’t yet known what the timeline will be for installation of the chandelier.
Images via Westbank Corporation