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City hall to shimmer in Ice Light

An Olympic makeover at city hall at dusk tonight will see large stripsof LEDs highlight each of the buildings’ terraces like icing on agigantic layer cake.

An Olympic makeover at city hall at dusk tonight will see large strips of LEDs highlight each of the buildings’ terraces like icing on a gigantic layer cake.

The white LED strips will also cascade like a waterfall every time the clock strikes the hour.

Ice Light, by German Artist Gunda Förster, is a permanent external light installation.

In a statement on the city’s website, Förster said the technologically produced waterfall embodies part of what makes Vancouver unique: “A highly industrialized city that is surrounded by wild, pristine nature.”

The cascading light, she added, refers to the traditional function of a city hall, signalling the “start of every new hour.”

It is Förster’s first North American commission. The lighting will take place at 4 p.m.

The switch to LED lighting is expected to save the city 70 per cent in external lighting energy consumption.

Ice Light is part of a $6-million Olympic and Paralympic Arts Program, a collection of more than 20 permanent and temporary works.