Saturday, November 18, 2006

Holidays in Brooklyn: Prospect Park Lights

Propsect Park is going to host some interesting new light displays for the holidays. Called "Prospect Park in Lights," the lighting installation will feature more than 600,000 lights. The illuminations will be featured at four of the Park’s entrances, viewable every evening from November 27 through January 7, 2007. The display is being sponsored by the Daily News. The lights will officially be turned on at a launch ceremony on Monday, November 27 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Grand Army Plaza.

The illuminated displays, which were created by noted Brooklyn-based lighting designer Jim Conti, will decorate the major gateways to the Park: Grand Army Plaza, including the historic Soldier’s and Sailor’s Memorial Arch and the Bailey Fountain; Bartel-Pritchard Circle; Park Circle; and the Parkside and Ocean Avenue entrance. (The illustration here, which was provided by the Prospect Park Alliance, shows the Bailey Fountain, which has been beautifully restored although it is hard to reach because of Grand Army Plaza traffic.)

The displays will use LEDS to, in the words of the Alliance, "transform some of Prospect Park’s most historic architectural elements into a wonderful holiday spectacle. These will include a wave-shaped structure built and covered in lights to create the effect of flowing water at Bailey Fountain and colored lights placed on the Pergola at the Parkside and Ocean entrance, giving the appearance of blooming vines. Many of the lights will change colors and are synchronized with wireless animated controllers."

On Saturday and Sunday evenings there will be free trolley bus service around the Park for viewing the lights. And, of course, we'll have the big New Year’s Eve Prospect Park fireworks display.

We are, like, so there for the free night bus tour of the lights.


Blogger Xris said...

We saw our first of these installations today. On top of each of the columns at the Park Circle entrance are two huge geodesic spheres, maybe 6-8 feet in diameter. It was during the day, so we didn't see them lit, but I'm glad to hear they're part of a larger installation.

8:10 PM  
Anonymous Atomische said...

So thats what they're doing!

4:22 PM  

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