Vancouverites will have the chance to feast their eyes on a huge, illuminated beaver in the West End this fall.
The bedazzled rodent will be featured in English Bay this year as part of the annual Lumière light show, which runs from Nov. 12 to 30 and will feature new and familiar displays at English Bay, Jim Deva Plaza, Granville Island and Bentall Centre in Downtown Vancouver.
Luna, a 7-metre long and 2.5-metre high orca that has a white powder-coated frame, will return this year as part of the festival. Designed by MK Illumination, he contains over 6,000 LED white environmentally friendly bulbs and was named after the well-known orphaned orca whale that inhabited the waters of the Nootka Sound from 2001 to 2006.
The organizers are asking the public to help name one new installation: the dazzling, 12-foot-tall beaver. A couple of people have already suggested Bonnie.
Jim Deva Plaza is also set to host two new art installations including the ‘Helianthus Enorme’, a massive sunflower from Portland standing at more than 25-feet-tall. The location’s second art installation, known as ‘Twin Harmonic Amplified Neuro-Knowledge Stimulator’ (T.H.A.N.K.S.), is designed to amplify feelings of gratitude according to a Lumière release.
The Bentall Centre will play home to ‘Parasol’, one-of-a-kind mushroom-like structures that fuse nature and innovative light design. Each of the five, nine-foot-tall sculptures contains 40 fins to mimic the underbelly of a mushroom. Parasol will take on a new life when animated with colourful patterns that react to music providing an exceptional visual experience for visitors enjoying the patio in the evening.
The new beaver installation will also coincide with November's full moon, the full beaver moon.
Find out more information about the other installations and where they will be located.
With files from Cameron Thomson.