Lighting Civic & Historical Properties: Cleveland Bridges

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The Bicentennial Celebration
The “City of Bridges” lighting project is the Bicentennial Legacy Gift to the people of Cleveland, Ohio. As soon as selection was made of the group of bridges to receive permanent architectural lighting, full design packages for all eight spans were completed in only six months. At the moment the switch was flipped during the culmination of the grand Bicentennial Celebration, a quarter million Clevelanders watched as their bridges became part of the celebration itself.

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Bascule One slowly fades from white to red-hot, honoring Cleveland's steel industry
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The "Ghost Train" crosses Bascule Two
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Three of the eight illuminated bridges
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The rockers become an animated 'forge' on Bascule One
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The Main Street Bridge cascades across the Cuyahoga River
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The lift section of the Willow Avenue Bridge remains illuminated when opening to water traffic
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Illuminated shives allow for enjoyment & understanding of Eagle Avenue Bridge's working parts
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The indirect light from Detroit Superior makes for comfortable evening walks
Photo: Jean-Marc Charles
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Bascule Two 'at rest.'
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Center Street Swing Bridge enjoys a cross-fading lighting system for illumination in both the open & closed positions
1997 - Award of Excellence, International Association of Lighting Designers
1997 - Paul Waterbury Award of Distinction, International Illumination Design Awards; IES
1996 - The Edison Award; General Electric