In a class of its own as a patron of public art, Westbank has embraced demanding, avant-garde work by the finest artists, using its projects as vast canvases. This will also be true for Vancouver House, where Westbank will build large light boxes on the underside of the bridge to showcase work by young local artists. The major installation is “Spinning Chandelier” by Rodney Graham, a monumental faux glass recreation of a 200 year-old French chandelier that will rapidly drop at a fixed time every day, spinning as it descends, cascading light all around it.
Public Art by Westbank
Westbank began incorporating public art into its developments in 1996, and over the next 15 years rapidly evolved as the leading private commissioner of artwork within the urban environment. The development of Westbank’s public art program follows a markedly sympathetic path to that of the artist, and their successive projects are evidence of an ambitious engagement with the potentials of public art, from urban and architectural decoration to fully-fledged contextual and architectural negotiation.
lying on top of a building the clouds looked no nearer than when I was lying on the street
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