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July 21, 2016
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The Lighting Practice Developed Patriotic Lighting Installations to Welcome the 2016 Democratic National Convention

By Darcy Veneziale, The Lighting Practice
Amtrak 30th Street Station and Philadelphia City Hall will display their patriotic makeovers next week.

The 2016 Democratic National Convention will be in Philadelphia on Monday, July 25, through Thursday, July 28. The Lighting Practice in collaboration with Starlite Productions has designed animated lighting installations for two of Philadelphia’s most visited locations: Amtrak 30th Street Station and Philadelphia City Hall. The buildings’ will display their red, white and blue patriotic makeovers next week when the conventioneers start arriving.

The Lighting Practice with Amtrak and University City District developed a dynamic lighting installation that will capture the excitement of the DNC and create a playful interpretation of 30th Street Station’s neoclassical structure. The programmable system of color-changing LED fixtures and automated theatrical luminaires will sweep stars and colors across the station’s east portico and glass bridges. Inside, the solemn angel statue will be enhanced with a wash of blue light.

The Lighting Practice along with Center City District developed a dynamic color-changing lighting installation for Philadelphia’s City Hall and Avenue of the Arts. The South facade of City Hall’s tower will be lit by color-changing LEDs and theatrical gobos. City Hall’s patriotic lighting will be synchronized with the permanent color-changing façade lighting along five blocks of the Avenue of the Arts. South Broad Street will proudly glow in red, white, and blue.

“The Center City District is pleased to use the occasion of the Democratic National Convention to extend the South Broad Street lighting and enabled us to engage The Lighting Practice to create this special patriotic attraction for the DNC delegates and all of those who visit, work, and live in Philadelphia,” said Paul R. Levy, President and CEO of the Center City District. “City Hall is a National Historic Landmark and features more than 250 sculptures and will join the historic buildings on the Avenue of the Arts in a unique, colorful showcase in Philadelphia’s downtown.”

The Lighting Practice is coordinating the execution of both 30th Street Station and City Hall with Starlite Productions. Starlite Productions is providing the lighting equipment as well as technical support.

Filbert Street Corridor flanked by the Reading Terminal Market and the Pennsylvania Convention Center, is also featuring a light show for the DNC. The corridor’s new color-changing LED system, designed by The Lighting Practice, will light the underpass between 11th and 12th Street in red, white, and blue. Center City’s Filbert Street Corridor will provide another patriotic focal point for conference attendees and visitors to enjoy during their time in Philadelphia.

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