Public Artwork

Lying on top of a building...nearer

Liam Gillick, Lying on top of a building...nearer, 2009
Liam Gillick, Lying on top of a building...nearer, 2009
Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel, 299 Burrard street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Artwork creator(s): 
Gillick, Liam
Text author(s): 
Gillick, Liam
Installation year: 
Remarks on location: 

The text sites on an extension of the floor plate, from floors 5 to 22.


Text on the perimeter of the hotel windows. The phrase is repeated several times.

Text of the artwork: 

Lying on top of a building the clouds looked no nearer than when I was lying on the street.

Text theme: 
Double edged statement that could potentially bring you back to a person lying down on a dock or in a yard in that area in the fairly recent past and looking up at the sky and how that relates to the new development.



The $1-million public art work was commissioned by Westbank and Peterson Investment Group through the city of Vancouver's public art guidelines for new developments.

Cheng, James