Vancouver city council approves spinning chandelier under Granville Bridge

The public art installation by renowned Vancouver artist Rodney Graham hs been approved in a unanimous vote by city council.

Controversial public art installation by Vancouver artist will hang under the north end of bridge

City councillors in Vancouver will vote today on whether to allow a developer to install a $1.2 million chandelier to be suspended from the Granville Street Bridge. This rendering demonstrates what it will look like. (Westbankcorp.com)

A giant, spinning and somewhat controversial chandelier could soon hang underneath Vancouver's Granville Street Bridge after receiving unanimous approval by Vancouver city council.

The chandelier was created by renowned Vancouver artist Rodney Graham as a public art project and was commissioned by developer Westbank Corporation.

"It looks kind of like the chandelier you'd have in a very ornate ballroom, but it will be hanging under the Granville Street Bridge," said Coun. Heather Deal. 

The four-by-six-metre 18th century replica will be paid for, installed and maintained by Westbank as part of its real estate project Vancouver House condo tower at the north end of the bridge. 

"It's going to be turning slowly and it's lit up at night and it's going to be absolutely fabulous," said Deal. "People will remember it for years and years, you'll probably see it on postcards." 

The view drivers passing under the Granville Street Bridge will have should the chandelier be installed. (City of Vancouver)

Council also approved a hanging lantern exhibit near Seymour and Robson streets as part of the Telus Gardens development, which is also being built by Westbank. 

Both projects will be paid for as part of the city's mandatory public art fees for buildings over 100,000 square feet, which is $1.81 per square foot. 

What's slightly different about these two public art projects is that they will be placed on city land, instead of the developer's. That's why council also approved amending the city's encroachment bylaw. 

There's no timeline yet for installation.

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