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Request for Qualifications: Pittsburgh Bridge Lighting

By April 6, 2016October 25th, 2016Blog

Special bridge lighting installation to commemorate City of Pittsburgh’s 200th anniversary

Three Sisters Bridges and Pittsburgh skyline

The City of Pittsburgh is celebrating the 200th anniversary of our City’s incorporation.  The Bicentennial provides an opportunity to acknowledge our great triumphs, from innovations that created mighty industries to world class medical and educational facilities. The city has known, and overcome, severe economic challenges while continuing to gain momentum and recognition across our nation and the world.

The 2016 celebrations are seen as a bridge honoring our deep roots in history while acknowledging the changes we must implement to offer opportunities for generations to come.  The Bicentennial celebrations are a year of events coordinated by a committee of community and business leaders.  The committee is looking to cap a year of festivities with a public installation incorporating our City’s sister bridges through a temporary display of lights that will open on Light Up Night 2016 (November 18, 2016).

The exhibition period for this temporary installation will open on Light Up Night and last for up to one year. Artist, designers and/ teams will be selected to participate in the program based on previous experience exhibiting public lighting displays.

Objective and Opportunity

Pittsburgh 200 logoThe Bridge Lighting installation will commemorate a year of celebrations for the City of Pittsburgh’s 200th anniversary, kicking off on one of the city’s most celebrated evenings, Light Up Night.  The Bicentennial Committee is seeking artists and/ or lighting designers to create a temporary lighting installation that will highlight the beauty of the bridges along the Allegheny River between the 6th Street Bridge and the Convention Center.  The installation must be for a minimum of six weeks and may last up to one year.

Of note, the Warhol/ 7th Street Bridge will be under reconstruction and cannot be included within the scope of the lighting project.  On Light Up Night, festivities will be focused in and around the Rachel Carson/ 9th Street Bridge with a large celebration in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center as part of the National League of Cities Conference.   There will be a fireworks finale from the Allegheny River between the Clemente/ 6th Street Bridge and the Fort Pitt Bridge.  The lighting installation will be a component of the downtown holiday season promotions.

Riverlife’s Executive Vice President Jay Sukernek and Jeremy Waldrup, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership are Board Members of the Pittsburgh Bicentennial Committee and Co-Chairs of the Bridge Lighting Subcommittee.

Receipt Deadline for Applications: April 27, 2016

Download a PDF of the Pittsburgh 200 Bridge Lighting Request for Qualifications.

UPDATE, 4-19-2016: PDF Download: Requests for Information with Answers (2.0)

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