When Built: 1968
Centennial Project. In First Nation legend, the crab is the guardian of the harbour and it was also the zodiac sign at the time of the Canadian Centennial.
It is a fountain sculpture and is made of many separate parts in the shape of a crab.
Apparently Tourism Vancouver has indicated that the Crab is the second most photographed man-made thing in Vancouver after the totem-poles. The museum uses the image for its marketing materials and in its gift shop.
The sculpture cost $20,000 and the fountain infrastructure cost $24,000. It was chosen over two other entries in a contest held by the women's sub-committee of the Vancouver Centennial Committee. $27,000 for the sculpture was raised through luncheons and fashion shows and a $20,000 grant was received from the Centennial Committee.
"The pieces of the sculpture were welded together by Gus Lidberg over a three-month period. The sculpture was barged down False Creek from Ellett Copper and Brass Co on W.2nd where it was built." (M.Jesen, V.Sun, Oct 3 1968)
Information Sources: David Ploufe, Public Programs Officer of the Vancouver Museum
Picture Source: David Ploufe, Public Programs Officer of the Vancouver Museum