Used car dealership, or City Hall? You be the judge
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. When it comes to the new light display flashing on the outside of Vancouver City Hall, it would appear not everyone is loving what they see. We've had a number of people email CityCaucus.com and compare the new look at City Hall to a used car lot on Kingsway. You know...the kind that proudly says "Everything on sale at drastically reduced prices!" Other readers tell us they miss the previous light display which helped to make City Hall a landmark building after dark. Many folks simply thought it was a temporary display which would be turned off after the Games were over. However, it's our understanding this art display is now permanent.
In fact, the light show was actually commissioned by the City of Vancouver as part of their Olympic celebrations. It's considered one of the "legacies" of the 2010 Games. No local artists were deemed worthy of working on the project (an independent panel apparently made that decision) in which Gunda Forster, an artist from Germany was selected. An FOI filed by CityCaucus.com reveals that Forster was paid the princely sum of $40,000 to design the controversial light show. It goes without saying a few local artists must be wondering if they could have designed something a bit more inspirational for less.
Some of the comments on our blog during the Games in reference to the light display included:
That light display looks like something you'd find at a tacky used car lot on Kingsway. All we need is a big "closing out sale" draped on the side of City Hall and the artwork would be complete. I agree with Citizen Vancouver that this is pretty uninspiring and we could have found a local artist who could have done much more. It certainly ain't jaw dropping. Perhaps hypnotic?
When I first moved to Canada 24 years ago, the greenish "ghostly" lighting of the city hall is one of the unique aspects of Vancouver skyline. I'm actually proud of it and always made it a point to show to tourists. If you can see it from downtown or Queen Elizabeth Park, it actually looks like it was floating. I can currently see this building from my bedroom window and I always liked the view. WHO APPROVED THE NEW TACKY LIGHTING!!!
While one commenter summed it up by saying:
Definitely looks cheesy!
City officials claim the new light display will eventually save them money as it costs them less to operate than the previous one. As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. When it comes to the new light display on city hall, I guess it will just have to grow on us. What do you think? Let us know by leaving a comment below.