Lord Stanley Blog

Insights into the local Vancouver Area.

Winter Solstice Lights in Vancouver

The festive season is in full swing in downtown Vancouver with a bounty of decorative flourishes on the streets and sidewalks, including many a star-topped tree bedazzling people who pass by with a multitude of twinkling lights.

And over on Granville Island, there’s even a larger than life magenta-hued star resting resplendently at the water’s edge; a brightly-lit solitary sentry in the heart of False Creek. No matter where you look, the stage is set for a celebration of glitter, sparkle and shine: a joyous albeit temporary occasion. But don’t despair; there’s a new display of light that has just been recently installed to permanently illuminate an area directly under the Granville St Bridge adjacent to Granville Island and False Creek.

Made of 600 faux crystals and weighing over 300 kg, the Spinning Chandelier is a complex piece of public art created by internationally renowned Vancouver artist Rodney Graham. With a price tag of $4.8 million dollars and 3 years in the making, this awe-inspiring kinetic sculpture lights up and spins twice a day; at noon and 9:00 pm when the chandelier will descend and gracefully twirl for 4 minutes: available for oohing and awing all year round!