Monday, December 2, 2013

See the galleria tree structures on Stephen Avenue in a new light

New LED lighting is set to illuminate and animate the ten metallic tree structures found on Stephen Avenue Walk, located next to Bankers Hall and the CORE Shopping Centre. The new lights were turned on over the weekend, and create a new night time perspective along Calgary’s busiest downtown street.

“The galleria trees are one of the most iconic and photographed structures on Stephen Avenue Walk. This lighting design will shed new light on these structures and brighten the pedestrian environment, on what is typically a very dark downtown block”, said Graham Gerylo, Project Manager, Centre City Implementation. The new lighting design includes colour LED spotlights which illuminate the ‘trunk’ and linear LED fixtures that outline the top ‘branches’ of the tree structures. In addition, theatrical spotlights cast a mottled light pattern onto the underlying sidewalk and roadway, brightening the streetscape.

“Enhancing the lighting of architectural landmarks and structures in the downtown area is a Centre City focus. In the winter months, Calgary can be a very dark city. Lighting features like this help to create a more vibrant and inviting environment for Calgarians and our visitors to enjoy”, said Gerylo.

The Calgary Downtown Association will operate and program these lights moving forward, which have the capability to be animated throughout the evenings and for special events.

Imagine this block and the trees lit up green for St. Patrick’s Day:

Or Red when our Calgary Flames or Stampeders are playing:

If you would like more information about this project please contact 311.  Members of the media can also contact The City of Calgary’s media relations line at 403-828-2954.


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