City Council Members Have Questions On Proposed $4 Million Light Show On The Walnut Street Bridge

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

City Council members had a number of questions at a budget workshop on Tuesday about a proposed $4.05 million light show on the Walnut Street Bridge.

The capital budget from the Berke administration includes $2 million. Council members questioned where the remaining funds will be obtained.

Council members also asked about ongoing expenses related to the light show.

There was no discussion on whether the show would be appropriate for the historic bridge that dates to 1891.

Helen Burns Sharp, who lives by the bridge, said a number of nearby stakeholders are opposed to what she called the "Las Vegas treatment" for the popular walking bridge. 

She said the group opposes the "razzle-dazzle design for the classic, historic bridge." 

A city budget document says of the project:

Ripples of Light by Moment Factory is an architectural and data responsive lighting design that responds to pedestrian activity on the bridge and the flow of the Tennessee River below the bridge to create subtle color variations and ripples of light. Artistic lighting design elements include: pier grazers, heart wash lighting, pendant lighting, beacon fixtures, entrance lighting, interior vertical grazers, exterior vertical grazers and edge grazers to highlight the historic architecture of the bridge. The artistic lighting project includes expenses related to the artistic lighting fixtures and their installation, smart data, prototyping, creative services, technical services and fees.


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