On Saturday evening, Rob, my mom, and I headed to a Pan Am celebration that would include the official lighting of an art installation he helped to work on. Let me start at the beginning Rob is an Industrial Electrician and the art installation involved LED lighting of the Bloor Viaduct or Prince Edward Bridge in Toronto.
The bridge has an ominous past. It was opened in 1918 and by 2003 was the site of close to 500 suicides ranking it as the second most fatal standing structure in North America, after the Golden Gate Bridge. The city decided to put suicide prevention measures in place and architect Derek Revington came up with the plans for the Luminous Veil. While the construction of the barrier was completed in 2003, due to budget concerns, the lighting was never completed. Cue present day! With Toronto hosting the Pan Am games -- and more efficient lighting technology -- funding was made available to complete the Veil and Rob was part of the team that helped to bring it to life.
The lighting consists of 35,000 LED lights with a possible 16 million colour combinations. Each foot of the lighting has the ability to be separately controlled but the real beauty, in my opinion, is the weather station. The lighting changes based on the temperature and wind movement resulting in an always changing wave of colour.
This is the largest and most expensive 'art project' in North America and there was a lot of grumbling about how the money could be better used, however, not only has this project brought literal light to the bridge -- it has sparked conversation about mental health support in Toronto and that can only be a good thing. You can read more about the details of the project here.
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