If you’ve been to South Vancouver recently, you may have noticed a rather peculiar looking golden tree has infiltrated the area.
The Golden Tree is, in fact, an exact replica of the Hollow Tree in Stanley Park. Vancouver born artist Douglas Coupland was tasked by Intracorp and the City of Vancouver with bringing the vision to life. The piece, which was unveiled by the City on Saturday, is meant to represent Vancouver’s unique connection between urban life and nature.
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For reference, here’s the real Hollow Tree in Stanley Park:
The Stanley Park Hollow Tree, a 700- to 800-year-old Western Red Cedar tree stump was badly damaged by the severe windstorm in December 2006 and was slated for removal due to safety concerns. However, in 2009 concerned citizens formed the Stanley Park Hollow Tree Conservation Society and stepped forward with a plan to stabilize the tree in a project funded entirely by private donations. Following a public ceremony in October 2011, the restored Hollow Tree began a new chapter in its long history in Stanley Park #hollow #tree #stanleypark #hollowtree #redcedar #cedar #vancouver #landmark #travel #travelgram #nature #beautiful #view #park #beautifuldestinations #awesome_earthpix #fantastic_earth #conservation #explorebc #explorecanada #summer #sunny #afternoon
Stanley Park’s Hollow Tree is 700 to 800 years old, according to the City, and was slated for removal after it was damaged by the windstorm in December of 2006. A conservation society was formed, and the piece of Stanley Park history was preserved through stabilization.
The golden rendition of Stanley Park’s famous tree can be found at Cambie and Southwest Marine Drive, an area that Coupland felt was “spooky” growing up. The tree is located near a Canada Line station, so commuters will be able to look at it on a daily basis.
Golden Tree took more than 6,000 hours to complete and stands 43 feet high. The piece is made out of 35,000 pounds of steel, 10,000 pounds of resin and fibreglass, 80 gallons of epoxy, 45 gallons of gold paint, and another 45 gallons of clear coat.
Coupland’s newest piece of art commemorates the 25th anniversary of Vancouver’s Pulic Art Program.
You might recognize some of Coupland’s other work around town; he was the visionary behind the Digital Orca at Jack Poole Plaza and the Terry Fox Memorial at BC Place.
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