A new lighting scheme was unveiled on Tuesday evening on the Old Northern Avenue Bridge where LED lights have been installed to adorn the historic structure.
Originally constructed in 1908, the bridge serves as a walking and biking passageway between the Seaport District and Downtown Boston.
“Lighting the Northern Avenue Bridge not only enlivens the Fort Point Channel and celebrates the architecture of this historic bridge, but it also underscores the growing connection between the Innovation District and the Financial District,” Mayor Menino said. “I applaud the work of Light Boston, the Department of Public Works, and all our partners who made this possible.”
The project was a collaboration between the Public Works Department (Commissioner Joanne Massaro shown above with Mayor Menino), which maintains the bridge and Light Boston, Inc, a not-for-profit organization advocating for illuminating Boston’s unique history and culture.
“We are proud to have worked with Mayor’s Office and the Department of Public Works to light this historic bridge with sustainable and artistic lighting that contributes to the activation of the Fort Point Channel,” said Diane Georgopulos, President of the Light Boston board.
“As an innovator in LED technology, Philips understands that lighting iconic structures is about creating a meaningful impact in a community, a source of pride for residents,” said Paul Kennedy, general manager of Philips Color Kinetics. “The Northern Avenue Bridge is a shining example of the positive impact that public-private partnerships can have our communities. We are committed to working with city officials and organizations like Light Boston to help make the neighborhoods in which we live and work more vibrant.”
The project uses LED lights that can use both static and dynamic lights schemes to highlight and accentuate the metal truss faming of the bridge. The lights can be changed to make any color desired.
Photos by Matt Conti. High resolution gallery and prints.