For Immediate Release
October 30, 2013
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Mayor Menino today unveiled a new lighting scheme for a key gateway to the Innovation District, the historic Northern Avenue Bridge. The bridge, originally constructed in 1908, serves thousands of pedestrians and bicyclists each day connecting the financial district to waterfront destinations such as the Moakley Courthouse and Harborwalk, as well as the Innovation District generally. The new lights have been positioned to highlight the architectural characteristics of this fixture of Boston’s waterfront
“Lighting the Northern Avenue Bridge not only enlivens the Fort Point Channel and celebrates the architecture of this historic bridge, but it also underscores the growing connection between the Innovation District and the Financial District,” Mayor Menino said. “I applaud the work of Light Boston, the Department of Public Works, and all our partners who made this possible.”
The project was a collaboration between the Public Works Department, which maintains the bridge and Light Boston, Inc, a not-for-profit organization advocating for illuminating Boston’s unique history and culture.
“We are proud to have worked with Mayor’s Office and the Department of Public Works to light this historic bridge with sustainable and artistic lighting that contributes to the activation of the Fort Point Channel,” said Diane Georgopulos, President of the Light Boston board.
The lighting design was done by lighting artist John Powell, with equipment supplied by Philips Color Kinetics.
“As an innovator in LED technology, Philips understands that lighting iconic structures is about creating a meaningful impact in a community, a source of pride for residents,” said Paul Kennedy, general manager of Philips Color Kinetics. “The Northern Avenue Bridge is a shining example of the positive impact that public-private partnerships can have our communities. We are committed to working with city officials and organizations like Light Boston to help make the neighborhoods in which we live and work more vibrant. ”