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The Drop is a 65 feet (20 meters) sculpture made of steel which resembles a raindrop. Located in the Coal Harbour neighborhood, it was made by a group of German artists called Inges Idee. It was made as a ode to the power of Mother Nature and continues to be an attraction in the downtown area.
This fabulous art deco building amid downtown's square steel uniformity is an ornate sight to behold. Designer J W Hobbs wanted to transpose the architectural grandeur of New York City to then-modest Vancouver, and he did so with terracotta, steel, brass, marble, intricate nautical details, gargoyles, murals and an impressive 40-foot (12-meter) archway entrance. The 25-story Marine Building was built in the late 1920s and serves today as an office building.
Digital Orca is also known as Pixel Whale and Lego Orca. It is a sculpture of a whale built entirely using Lego blocks in black, gray and white hues. The whale stands on its tail and overlooks the blue waters of the Vancouver Bay and the rolling hills yonder. The famous Canadian artist and author, Douglas Coupland OC OBC developed this installation in 2009, which was commissioned by the Vancouver Convention Centre as a prominent feature of its Art Project. Situated next to the convention centre, it forms a popular tourist attraction for kids and adults alike. Children will delight in the perfect stability and symmetry of the whale as it balances on a small part of its tail. This sculpture has also played a role in advancing public art in Vancouver.
Get a 360-degree view of Vancouver and its outlying areas from one of BC's tallest buildings, the Harbour Centre. Its observation deck gives an unobstructed view of the city, Burrard Inlet, the North Shore mountains, Burnaby Mountain, West Vancouver and Bowen Island. Getting there is a fun experience in itself; glass elevators whisk you up 168 meters (553 feet) in just 40 seconds. There are multilingual guides available for those who are interested.
This part of downtown got its name from saloon owner Gassy Jack Deighton, who was a rather chatty fellow. In case anyone doubts the true root of the area's title, there is a large statue of this historical figure on Water Street. Cobblestone streets and original architecture, shops, restaurants and bars fill the area. Highlights include The Landing, Hill's Native Art, Deluxe Junk Co., Salmagundi West and the Irish Heather Bistro.
Tucked away at the corner of Cambie and Water Street, the Gastown Steam Clock was made to cover a steam grate. It was built in 1977 by Raymond Saunders and Doug Smith. The steam powers the clock and keeps its functional. It is one of the very few steam clocks that are still in function.
The Seawall is a scenic pathway that surrounds the Stanley Park and was built in 1917 under the supervision of James Cunningham to protect the city's waterfront from erosion. It is a perfect getaway from the din of the city. The seawall is open to pedestrians, cyclists and joggers. However, due to various conflicts and mishaps in the past, the stretch of the seawall is divided into parts reserved for pedestrians and cyclists. The starting point of the seawall is at Coal Harbor from where the cyclist route begins. The bikes can be rented from the Seawall Adventure Centre.