Dismantling of 'Big W' shown in sad time-lapse video

One of New Westminster's most popular sites was hit by a massive fire starting on Sunday.

Wow Westminster’s time on New Westminster’s waterfront came to an end late Wednesday due to damage from the Westminster Pier Park fire.

Keith Gagne caught on video a crew dismantling the Big W and posted a time-lapse video, which can be seen below.

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A public art installation by Brazilian artist José  Resende, Wow Westminster was erected in Westminster Pier Park in November 2015 as part of the Vancouver Biennale. The 140-foot-long piece consists of four 40-foot shipping containers positioned to form a giant W.

Blair Fryer, the city’s director of economic development and communications, said fire and engineering staff met with engineering consultants and determined the W can’t be saved.

Fryer said the challenges associated with saving the public art installation are too large to overcome. This includes the extensive damage to the wharf on which the W stands.

“The other issue is the connection points from the W to the surface of timber wharf have been significantly damaged due to the fire,” he said. “Therefore, it simply cannot be removed in one piece in a safe manner, so it is going to have to be dismantled and taken down.”

- With files from Theresa McManus



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