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Lying On Top Of A Building | by Patrick Costello
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Lying On Top Of A Building

This is the new Fairmont Pacific Rim building at Burrard and West Cordova. The full text, wrapped around the south and east sides, reads:

"Lying on top of a building, the clouds looked no nearer than when I was lying on the street"

The public artwork by British artist Liam Gillick is made out of stainless steel letters, 61 cm tall in Helvetica bold. The text is on an extension of the floor plate from floors five through 22. It marks the division between the hotel and an additional 25 floors of luxury residential suites. The letters reflect the ambient lighting conditions and surrounding colours: in bright sunlight they turn silver; during cloudy periods, they darken.

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Taken on July 5, 2010