Thursday, November 22, 2012

Shedding a light on Vancouver's LightShed...

Surrounded by the towering glass condo towers, yachts and float planes, at first glance Vancouver's permanent LightShed sculptural installation is an odd little whimsy, but as with most art it has a deeper meaning and some historical significance to the surrounding area.

LightShed sculpture by Liz Magor from 2004
LightShed sculpture Coal Harbour Vancouver
This half-size aluminum boathouse creation is based on the great freight shed located on the Vancouver City Wharf in Coal Harbour about a century ago and pays homage to the city's industrial port heritage.
LightShed Liz Magor sculpture Coal Harbour Vancouver
LightShed sculpture Coal Harbour Vancouver
Apparently it's coated in silver luminescent paint and so it also glows in the dark in Harbour Green Park along Vancouver's seawall.
LightShed sculpture Harbour Green Park Vancouver
LightShed sculpture Harbour Green Park Vancouver
Being on Vancouver's waterfront it also has the advantage of being wonderfully framed by those snow-capped North Shore mountains.
LightShed seawall sculpture Vancouver
Every time I return to Vancouver I discover something new I missed the first time, so long may that trend continue.
LightShed sculpture Vancouver
I'll be back in May 2013 to run the Vancouver Marathon with 5,000 others, so who knows what sights and delights I'll discover then.

In the meantime if you live in the United States of America, have a Happy Thanksgiving...

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