In Vancouver’s Sinclair Centre atrium since 1986, artist John Hooper’s “Celebration” .
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The attribution reads:  “Celebration”, John Hooper.  Presented to the citizens of Vancouver to commemorate the City’s Centennial.  Sponsored by General Paint.  Centennial Sculpture Symposium, 1986.

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  1. Sinclair Centre is one of my favourite adaptive re-use projects. The old post office building is one of the tiny handful of early 20th Century structures in Western Canada where the public facades were entirely clad in native BC granite. Two of the other buildings are clad in limestone, one with granite columns (Leone is located there), the other with limestone bas relief panels. The most innocuous building still has a native granite base with classic Clayburn red brick above set off with dark green window casings. Where do you find such quality today?
    Richard Henriquez performed a miracle by marrying four heritage buildings with a Neo Modernist steel and glass atrium. Far from being what could have been a clash of styles in less perceptive hands, it works well. What was once a lane and loading bays is now an interior space with a terrazzo, stone and tile floor. The atrium perfectly illustrates what is possible when you take space devoted to vehicles and convert it into high quality and immensely beneficial pedestrian space. My understanding from a former building technologist and project manager with Public Works Canada was that many of the heritage interiors of the building underwent renovation as well. I regret now not taking him up on his offer to arrange a tour of the complex several years ago.
    It was a sad day when the Harper government sold the complex as part of their deluded set of precepts about fiscal responsibility without any scrap of an idea what the future potential this complex could have, or the value of preserving heritage.

    1. The buildings are still owned by the Federal Government. From the Vancouver Sun, 2014: “Because the sale in 2007 was subject to legal proceedings with regard to First Nations, (the government) removed the Sinclair Centre from the market,” said Annie Joannette, a spokeswoman for Government Services Canada. “There are currently no plans to sell Sinclair Centre.” More recently (last year) the previous Government were considering development that would allow up to 29 storey office buildings while retaining the heritage facades. City Council allowed that idea to proceed, but nothing further has emerged for over a year, and there’s a different Federal Government now.

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