Iconic bridge shines with environmental lighting installation

Sustainability and innovation are highlighted in Pittsburgh this holiday season as one of the city's famed bridges is awash in light and colors thanks to the Energy Flow bridge lighting installation, powered in part by wind energy. Photo credit: Roy Engelbrecht Pittsburgh Bicentennial
Sustainability and innovation are highlighted in Pittsburgh this holiday season as one of the city’s famed bridges is awash in light and colors thanks to the Energy Flow bridge lighting installation, powered in part by wind energy. Photo credit: Roy Engelbrecht Pittsburgh Bicentennial

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Pittsburgh’s forward-thinking commitment to innovation and sustainability will be reflected in a new addition to the city’s Comcast Light Up Night® launch of the holiday season on Friday, Nov. 18. With Downtown, the North Shore and the South Side aglow in lights and festivities drawing an anticipated crowd of 500,000, a new 27,000 multi-colored LED lighting display on the Rachel Carson Bridge (also known as the 9th Street Bridge) will beautify the night-time skyline with the help of environmentally friendly wind power.

Titled “Energy Flow,” the installation was designed by environmental artist Andrea Polli, who envisioned one of Pittsburgh’s sister bridges illuminated with wind power. Ron Gdovic, CEO WindStax Wind Power Systems, helped bring Polli’s vision to life by developing nanogrids and 16 specially designed wind turbines mounted on steel platforms and secured to the bridge. The wind turbines generate the main source of power for lighting the display.


More than an art display, the Energy Flow installation bridges Pittsburgh’s pioneering industrial past with its technology-driven future, making it a perfect endnote to Pittsburgh’s bicentennial celebration.

“It is fitting that this sustainable installation is mounted to the Rachel Carson Bridge, named for the noted environmental champion and Pittsburgh-area native,” said Mayor William Peduto, City of Pittsburgh.
The Rachel Carson Bridge is one of Pittsburgh’s Three Sisters, three prominent and nearly identical self-anchored suspension bridges spanning the Allegheny River and the first of their kind in the United States.

The installation has been more than a year in the making. The project was realized through the efforts of Mayor Peduto, Covestro LLC, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, Riverlife, the City of Pittsburgh, Duquesne Light Company and DQE Communications.

The Pittsburgh media and downtown commuters were given a sneak preview of the lighting installation tonight. All regional residents and visitors to the city will be able to enjoy the Energy Flow display throughout the holiday season and on select occasions in early 2017.

Source: Pittsburgh Bicentennial Committee, www.PGH200.com, Covestro LLC, Duquesne Light, Andrea Polli, WindStax® Wind Power Systems

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