…. THE CLOUDS LOOKED NO NEARER THAN WHEN I WAS LYING ON THE STREET… – Liam Gillick
On Sunday, Dec 6, Fairmont’s newest family member, Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver will usher in the unveiling of Liam Gillick’s public art piece. Located on the corner of Burrard and Cordova Streets, the million-dollar commission by Westbank and Peterson Investment Group is celebrated as one of the latest additions to the City of Vancouver’s Public Art collection. The beautiful art piece will wrap the stunning Pacifc Rim building with a series of repeated silver Helvetica bold text: lyingontopofabuildingthecloudslookednonearerthanwhenIwaslyingonthestreet. (Lying on top of a building the clouds looked no nearer than when I was lying on the street).
The 2′ high text will encapsulate floors 5 through 22, and when viewed from the street the letters will reflect the surrounding buildings and shifting colours of the changing Vancouver sky.
Liam Gillick, a UK artist who lives in New York and teaches at Columbia University, was selected from 27 artists who were reviewed by an international curatorial advisory committee and a local selection panel. Gillick’s design is specific to the location, context, and architecture of the Fairmont Pacific Rim, designed by Vancouver architect, James KM Cheng.
The event takes place tomorrow at 3pm on West Cordova and Burrard, where guests and media are invited to witness the unveiling. Fairmont Pacific Rim, Vancouver’s latest luxury hotel, built to five star standards, comes equipped with a rooftop pool, 70% inventory as suites, and Oru, an upscale restaurant by acclaimed Chef David Wong, is scheduled to be opened on the week of January 18, 2010. Stay tuned.