Vancouver's Spinning Chandelier now whirling 3 times daily

Dec 20 2019, 11:05 am

The Spinning Chandelier on the underside of the north end of the Granville Street Bridge is now programmed to whirl three times daily.

This follows updated calibration work completed earlier this week on the kinetic sculpture, which was first unveiled to the public late last month.

Every day, the chandelier will spin at noon, 4 pm, and 9 pm.

The entire movement cycle lasts for about three minutes, with one minute for the chandelier’s slow descent, close to two minutes of spinning that reaches fast speeds, and another minute for the slow ascent to return to its starting position.

After its 4 pm spin, the chandelier’s LEDs will remain softly illuminated until 11 pm.

The chandelier weighs 7,500 lb and measures 26 ft in height and 14 ft in width. LED lamps illuminate the sculpture’s 600 polyurethane faux crystals.

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The Spinning Chandelier sculpture installed on the underside of the Granville Bridge next to Vancouver House. November 20, 2019. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

Local artist Rodney Graham is behind the sculpture’s design, which is inspired by his 2005 35-mm-film installation Torqued Chandelier Release, depicting an 18th-century crystal chandelier after it is “wound up on a rope and released.”

A dynamic public art installation centrepiece is one of the key components of Vancouver House mixed-use redevelopment’s public realm upgrades in the space below the bridge.

Vancouver House is designed by Danish firm Bjarke Ingels Architects and developed by Westbank.