Artist Khan Lee’s dramatic rain drop at The Duke rental apartments on Kingsway, as seen from an exterior walkway. Credit: Acton Ostry

A dramatic piece of public art by Khan Lee has been installed at a new rental apartment building called The Duke in Mount Pleasant.

The public art piece consists of an 6 foot wide, 4 foot deep and approximately 60 foot tall translucent sculpture suspended above the 11th Avenue main entrance way to the building. It is made from 150 layers of 1/4” thick translucent acrylic sheets.

Architects Acton Ostry captured the public art piece on a recent sunny Vancouver afternoon. It’s envisioned by the artist as a dramatic rain drop, but unlike a dreary, wet Vancouver day, the piece reflects bright, fuchsia-coloured light through the building’s atrium.

The Duke’s dramatic rain drop

Photo of The Duke rental apartment building at Kingsway and East 11th in Mount Pleasant. Credit: Acton Ostry
Artist Khan Lee’s dramatic rain drop at The Duke rental apartments on Kingsway. Credit: Acton Ostry
Artist Khan Lee’s dramatic rain drop at The Duke rental apartments on Kingsway. Credit: Acton Ostry
Artist Khan Lee’s dramatic rain drop at The Duke rental apartments on Kingsway. Credit: Acton Ostry

The Duke is a new rental apartment building with 201 units and ground-floor retail space.

Its design is unique in Vancouver, with a soaring, open-air circulation court surrounded by rental apartments located around the perimeter.

A dramatic vertical slot opens the court to the south-facing sun, while a translucent fabric canopy shields it from the rain. The developer is Edgar Development.

For information on The Duke, visit: dukeliving.ca/register