Daily Pampering: Read the art at the new Fairmont Pacific Rim

The Fairmont Pacific Rim in downtown Vancouver opens this month, and it’s worth seeing — even from the outside.

We don’t normally hear about exterior hotel artwork, but this hotel in the heart of the financial district with views of the both the skyline and the harbor features a million dollar installation by UK artist Liam Gillick. The stainless steel piece is a repeating series of words in two-foot high Helvetica bold:


(In case that hurts your head: “lying on top of a building the clouds looked no nearer than when I was lying on the street …” over and over again)

The artwork, shown, wraps around floors five through 22, “providing a delineation of the hotel and luxury residences.” We think it would be a little distracting from the inside, like being trapped inside a neverending game of Quick Wit (remember deciphering those mirror images for the yellow points?).

It may not be everyone’s idea of beauty, but it’s certainly one-of-a-kind, and a fun new landmark to spot next time you’re in Vancouver.

The Fairmont Pacific Rim
‘s rates start at $229 (CAD), about $220 USD, per room per night.

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