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11 days 7 hours to go – Spotlights in the sky

February 1, 2010

Last week workers started putting up fencing to form smallish squares of blocked off land just in from English Bay; 10 of them in Vanier Park and 10 near Sunset Beach.  A couple of days later, the spotlights were installed in the squares and since then we’ve had a few nights of brilliant lights in the sky.  As one reader put it “It appeared to be a “TeePee”, which became an inverted “TeePee” reaching into the sky.”  I even managed to take a photo of it last night.

It is called ‘Vectorial Elevation‘ and should be absolutely amazing to watch.  Here is some of what their website has to say:

“Starting at dusk on February 4, 2010, 20 robotic searchlights will create a quiet canopy of light in the night sky above and on the sparkling surface of English Bay below with designs created by people around the world and delivered via the Internet.

The 10,000-watt lights will move and create patterns silently from locations in Vanier Park and Sunset Beach that cover an area of 100,000 square metres and be visible within 15 kilometres of the city’s downtown core, stretching to Richmond, the peaks of Cypress and Grouse mountains and freighters and boats on the water.

This large-scale temporary public art installation is co-commissioned by the City of Vancouver’s Olympic and Paralympic Public Art Program and Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad, presented by Bell, with support from the Province of Quebec. The installation — considered one of the world’s largest interactive artworks — is by Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and is part of CODE, the Cultural Olympiad’s Digital Edition.”

Soon you will be able to go online to the Vectorial Elevation website and design your own pattern for the spotlights to trace across the Vancouver sky.  I am really looking forward to trying it out!

The artist's rendering of the lights over English Bay.

Vertical Elevation over Mexico City - it's going to be awesome here in Vancouver!

Alright I’m off for the day to explore and learn and experience.  I hope you have some time to do the same!  Thank you merci!

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