Douglas Coupland's Golden Tree unveiled in Vancouver
Piece of public art is replica of Stanley Park's famous Hollow TreeBy Chad Pawson, CBC News Posted: Aug 06, 2016 9:00 PM PT
Whether from the street or looking down from the Canada Line there's no missing Vancouver's newest piece of public art. Douglas Coupland's 13-metre-tall Golden Tree, on the corner of Marine and Cambie Streets, is an exact, to scale, replica of Stanley Park's Hollow Tree, but coated in a gold finish.
"I think its more a head-turner, a, 'what the heck was that?' That's my favourite reaction,"Coupland said on Saturday. The original 800-year-old Hollow Tree has been a tourist and local favourite for more than a century, but these days is held together with cables and steel. Coupland said there are a lot of memories attached to the tree, which is why he chose to replicate it.
"I think it takes us from one century to the next,"The Golden Tree weighs more than 15,875 kilograms and sits in front of a huge condo development, which played a role in getting the piece made in the first place.
Vancouver has more than 400 pieces of public art, with Coupland also doing the pixilated orca at the convention centre and the Terry Fox statues at B.C. Place.
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