Rodney Graham's Spinning Chandelier gives Granville Bridge new bling at public unveiling on November 27

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      Vancouver artist Rodney Graham will reveal a major kinetic public-art sculpture under the Granville Bridge at a public unveiling on November 27.

      At eight-by-four-metres 3.5 tonnes, the Spinning Chandelier packs some major bling. The fixture will descend to whirl twice a day before ascending to its holding position on the dark underbelly of the north viaduct again.

      Approved by the CIty in 2015, the artwork has taken more than three years to design and manufacture. Walla Walla Foundry has helped construct the artwork out of stainless steel, LED lights, and more than 600 polyurethane crystals.

      An artist's rendering of what the public artwork might look like.

      Sponsored by Westbank, Spinning Chandelier is affiliated with Vancouver House, the striking 52-storey, curtainlike tower and zig-zaggy lower units that surround the bridge, designed by starchitect Bjarke Ingels.

      Food trucks and live entertainment at the site start at 6:30 p.m., with Graham hitting the stage at 7 p.m. and the big reveal at 7:30 p.m.

      Abbotsford-born Graham is perhaps best known for his association with the Vancouver School group of photo artists. His work has been shown at the Venice Biennale, Museum of Modern Art in New York, Tate Modern in London, and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. In 2011, Graham won Vancouver's Audain Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts.

      Rodney Graham

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