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The Drop

Inges Idee, Germany







This artwork is a long and slender sculpture in the form of a gigantic and elegant water droplet. The Drop is located at the Bon Voyage Plaza facing the east building, and is a feature of the City of Vancouver's Mandated Public Art Program.

Placed on the site so it seems as if the Plaza had just been hit by a huge raindrop, the piece balances delicately on the round base, while its end points into the open sky. This sculpture comments on the diagonal shape of the architecture and the columns and stands almost like a figurehead on a sailing ship.

The Drop, in this prime location thrust into the waters of Burrard Inlet, exerts a delightful and playful pulling of the viewer, whether on the sea walk, within the Convention Centre, on a cruise ship or viewing down Burrard, to reflect on our relationship and attitudes to water and by extension to the history, complexity and future of our waterfront.

"The main power evolves through the equilibristic balance of the sculpture culminating at the very point where it touches the ground, as well as the dynamic diagonal it establishes. The sculpture resembles a known feature of Vancouver, water and rain, and is an homage to the power of nature. It functions as a laconic and surprising landmark - high-tech meets nature."

- Inges Idee, 2008