Vectorial Vancouver

November 25, 2009

I’m not normally one of large scale public art, but one just announced today for Vancouver 2010 seems rather exciting. Called Vectorial Vancouver, a series of high-powered searchlights will be positioned astride False Creek and English Bay, providing a light show each night over downtown.

It all sounds very cool actually...

Rendering of False Creek/English Bay

From the press release:
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. Called Vectorial Elevation, it is the first time the internationally celebrated work of art will be displayed in Canada and over a body of water.

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.

The coolest part is that apparently the sequence of the show will be designed by 130,000 members of the public. Again from the release:

Visitors to can design how the lights will move, their angles and how they are clustered in timed sequences to create their own patterns for the world to see. A personalized webpage will be automatically created for each participant to document their design. Organizers estimate 130,000 different patterns will be created in the 24 days the project operates from dusk to dawn.

I don’t think the links to create the show are actually up yet, but I’ll probably check it out once they are.

Special stuff like this really will make Vancouver more of a party zone and celebration site during the games. Hopefully there are similar things to come!

Installation Location

Previous Installation in Mexico


amberwings November 25, 2009 at 3:37 PM  

These high beam lights are environmentally unfriendly and will have a serious effect on the the geese and ducks who will be mercilessly stressed and disturbed by these lights on top of all the other disturbances they will encounter during the Olympics. I doubt that neither the Ministry of Resources or the Wildlife Federation or anyone remotely knowledgeable about the environment have been consulted about these lights and that the birds have not even been thought of. As they never are.

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