Vancouver is well known for its rainy days, so a huge raindrop sculpture was installed along the sea walk of Vancouver Convention Centre. This is probably the world’s biggest raindrop! Make sure you don’t get crushed by it as you walk by.
Thrust into the waters of Burrard Inlet, The Drop playfully invites the viewer to reflect on our relationship with this precious commodity of water, and by extension, on the history, complexity and future of our waterfront.
The Drop pays homage to the element of water and the untameable forces of nature which are omnipresent in Vancouver. The slender, elongated sculpture balances as if a huge raindrop were on the verge of landing on the sea walk.
Although the sculpture takes a natural phenomenon as its starting point, it displays technical perfection, artificially coloured to correspond to the sky, and contrasting with the pale yellow of the mass of sulfur visible on the horizon.
The sculpture’s angle and orientation create a visual dialogue with the architecture of the Convention Centre West, as well as with bows of the gigantic cruise ships. Like an abstract, radiant-blue ship’s figurehead, it marks the interface between land and water, between nature and technology.
About the Artist
INGES IDEE was founded in Berlin in 1992 and is a group of four German artists; Hans Hemmert, Axel Lieber, Thomas Schmidt and George Zey. The group’s activity focuses on public art projects with recent projects completed in Japan, Sweden, Copenhagen, Taiwan and Singapore. This is their first installation in North America. The team work serves to enrich a creative process in which new and challenging solutions for projects in the public realm are found. In addition to collaborating within the group, each artist is also involved in his own practice as an individual artist.