Pittsburgh Riverfronts

“Energy Flow” Lighting on the Rachel Carson Bridge

 

Image by Andrea Polli

Energy Flow combines light and wind to create a temporary light display on the Rachel Carson Bridge over the Allegheny River. The project is a collaboration between environmental artist Andrea Polli and Rod Gdovic of WindStax, a Pittsburgh-based wind turbine manufacturer.

Over 27,000 multicolored LED lights positioned along the bridge’s vertical cables show a real-time visualization of wind speed and direction as captured by a weather station located on the bridge. The electricity needed to power Energy Flow is generated by sixteen wind turbines attached to the catenary arches of the bridge. The environmental aspects of the project are compelling given the bridge’s connection to Pittsburgh environmental pioneer Rachel Carson for whom the bridge is named. Energy Flow also features local technology and innovation from Pittsburgh-based wind turbine manufacturer WindStax. RELATED: “Here’s how wind will make 27,000 lights shine on the Rachel Carson Bridge”

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Video: Wind-powered LEDs on a Pittsburgh bridge create a dazzling light show

“Energy Flow” debuted in downtown Pittsburgh November 2016. See the breathtaking light display for yourself in this short video.

Video: Behind-the-scenes and the making of “Energy Flow”

This Pittsburgh bridge will shine thanks to wind and 27,000 LED lights creating an “Energy Flow”

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Partners

Energy Flow is presented by Covestro. Electric infrastructure and fiber optics provided by Duquesne Light Company and DQE Communications and logistical support provided by Allegheny County. Additional partnership support provided by City of PittsburghRiverlife and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.

Development

Energy Flow debuted at dusk on Comcast Light Up Night November 18, 2016. The project was selected by the Pittsburgh Bicentennial Steering Commission Bridge Committee after a national call for bridge lighting ideas to celebrate the city’s 2016 bicentennial. The committee was co-chaired by Riverlife Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Jay Sukernek and Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership President Jeremy Waldrup.

Special Thanks

Special thanks to the following people who helped make Energy Flow possible for the Pittsburgh Bicentennial:

Bicentennial Commission’s Bridge Committee
Jay Sukernek, Riverlife, Co-Chair
Jeremy Waldrup, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, Co-Chair
Renee Piechocki, Office of Public Art
Mitch Swain, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council

Covestro
Bob Walker
Alice Sox

Allegheny County
Stephen Shanley
Michael Dillon
Kevin Evanto

 

City of Pittsburgh
Debbie Lestitian
Guy Costa

Duquesne Light
David Fisfis
Michael Higgins

Energy Flow
Andrea Polli, Professor of Art & Ecology, the University of New Mexico
Chris Clavio, ClaviOn Unlimited ,LED Infrastructure and Hardware Design
Eric Geusz, The Social Media Workgroup, Programming and Design
Jared Rendon Trompak  The Social Media Workgroup, Technical Assistance
With additional support from The UNM Mesa Del Sol Endowment, the Compton Foundation and the Carnegie Institute for Carnegie Museum of Art

WindStax
Ron Gdovic
Mark Goyke
Sargent Electric