Bright Light opens Chinatown courtyard

Bright Light installation at the Yue Shan Society in Chinatown: even more beautiful at night.

Bright Light installation at the Yue Shan Society in Chinatown: even more beautiful at night.

Fireworks and dragon dancing celebrated the opening of the Bright Light public art installation in the courtyard of the  Yue Shan Society at 39 East Pender today, where just 30 years ago a narrow walkway linked Pender St. to Market Alley.

The installation by a team led by architect Inga Roecker used 800 umbrellas to light up the sky above the courtyard, which is part of 12 installations commissioned by the City of Vancouver’s public art program during the 2010 Games.

The entire project makes for a fascinating walking tour of Chinatown and the Downtown Eastside, all best seen at night.

Dragons dance for the opening of the Yue Shan courtyard.

Dragons dance for the opening of the Yue Shan courtyard.