Thanks to support from Covestro, you will be able to see one of Pittsburgh’s famous bridges shine with a special lighting installation this Holiday season. Energy Flow, which debuted on Comcast Light Up Night®, is a collaboration between environmental artist Andrea Polli and Ron Gdovic of WindStax, a Pittsburgh-based wind turbine manufacturer. Energy Flow combines light and wind to create a temporary light display on the Rachel Carson Bridge over the Allegheny River. The project was chosen after a national call for bridge lighting ideas and is commissioned for the 2016 Pittsburgh Bicentennial celebration. Energy Flow is presented by Covestro with logistical support from Duquesne Light Company and Allegheny County, and assistance from Riverlife and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.
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 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. Energy Flow also features local technology and innovation from WindStax which is located in the Strip District.
Energy Flow will be visible to Downtown visitors after dark each night throughout the holiday season. For more information, go here.