Giant kinetic weather vane installed at the Vancouver Convention Center (PHOTOS/VIDEOS)

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A newly installed permanent public art sculpture now serves as a visual bookend at the west end of the seawall of the Vancouver Convention Center West Building.

For more than a decade, a giant raindrop sculpture has been a landmark for the east end of the sea wall, next to Mahony’s Tavern.

Recently unveiled at the west end of the seawall, next to the seaplane terminal and just northwest of Jack Poole Plaza, is a giant weather vane called “Wind Wheel Mobile”.

Not only does the weather vane itself spin 360 degrees, depending on the direction and strength of the wind, but it’s also mounted with dozens of kinetic bike wheels that spin with the breeze.

Sculptural public art of the ‘Wind Wheel Mobile’ weather vane at the Vancouver Convention Centre. (Doug Taylor)

Wind Wheel Mobile Vane Vancouver Convention Center

Artist’s rendering of the sculptural public art of the ‘Wind Wheel Mobile’ weather vane at the Vancouver Convention Centre. (Doug Taylor)

This sculpture is designed by local artist Doug Taylor, well known for his kinetic sculptures powered by sun, water and wind, including other weather vanes.

“Wind Wheel Mobile” is specifically a memorial to those affected by the fatal health effects that can result from exposure to asbestos, which causes 40% of work-related deaths in North America.

“The structural elements of this sculpture have a visual relationship with the lungs and bronchial airways of the human body. Airborne asbestos fibers look a lot like spinning spokes on wheels,” reads the description of the sculpture.

“As the wind changes direction, the position of the mobile also changes…this multidirectional nature speaks to the variety of societal initiatives employed to educate the public about the dangers of asbestos.”

Wind Wheel Mobile Vane Vancouver Convention Center

Sculptural public art of the ‘Wind Wheel Mobile’ weather vane at the Vancouver Convention Centre. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

Wind Wheel Mobile Vane Vancouver Convention Center

Sculptural public art of the ‘Wind Wheel Mobile’ weather vane at the Vancouver Convention Centre. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

Wind Wheel Mobile Vane Vancouver Convention Center

Sculptural public art of the ‘Wind Wheel Mobile’ weather vane at the Vancouver Convention Centre. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

Wind Wheel Mobile Vane Vancouver Convention Center

Sculptural public art of the ‘Wind Wheel Mobile’ weather vane at the Vancouver Convention Centre. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

Wind Wheel Mobile Vane Vancouver Convention Center

Sculptural public art of the ‘Wind Wheel Mobile’ weather vane at the Vancouver Convention Centre. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

Wind Wheel Mobile Vane Vancouver Convention Center

Sculptural public art of the ‘Wind Wheel Mobile’ weather vane at the Vancouver Convention Centre. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

Wind Wheel Mobile Vane Vancouver Convention Center

Sculptural public art of the ‘Wind Wheel Mobile’ weather vane at the Vancouver Convention Centre. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

Wind Wheel Mobile Vane Vancouver Convention Center

Sculptural public art of the ‘Wind Wheel Mobile’ weather vane at the Vancouver Convention Centre. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

Wind Wheel Mobile Vane Vancouver Convention Center

Sculptural public art of the ‘Wind Wheel Mobile’ weather vane at the Vancouver Convention Centre. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

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