It's a landmark that most, if not all Vancouverites, should be familiar with: the 800-year-old red cedar located in Stanley Park—appropriately dubbed "the hollow tree"—has been attracting locals and tourists alike for decades.
Tomorrow, Vancouver artist Douglas Coupland will unveil his life-size replica of the famed cedar, a golden sculpture that pays tribute to the trees that once stood tall along what is now the Cambie Corridor, and Vancouverites' relationship to nature.
Standing 43 feet tall, Coupland has set the sculpture in front of a 25-foot by 40-foot image of Stanley Park, which has been installed above the front entrance to Intracorp's MC2 development at Cambie Street and SE Marine Drive. Made out of steel-reinforced resin and fiberglass and encased in a gold finish, the piece took more than 6,000 hours to fabricate.
Tomorrow (August 6), Deputy Mayor Heather Deal, Coupland, and representatives from Intracorp will celebrate the installation of Vancouver's newest piece of public art, and the 25-year anniversary of the city's public art program, in front of the sculpture at 12:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.
Check out the images below for an early look at the Golden Tree.