CONEY ISLAND PARACHUTE JUMP

Location: Brooklyn, New York
Completion Date: 2006

Light Projects' illumination concept for Brooklyn's Coney Island Parachute Jump was unveiled in July 2006 as a public event and was later the recipient of New York Construction Magazine's "Award of Merit", the New York Landmarks Conservancy's "Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award" and the highest lighting design industry award, The Lumen. The revisualization of the landmark 277-foot structure, widely considered Brooklyn's answer to the "Eiffel Tower", was developed with a consortium of owner/stakeholders including the Borough President and Parks Commissioner. The Coney Island district is undergoing revitalization efforts, and this project is seen as a symbol and marker of progress. Light Projects' enhancement of the tower evokes the rising and falling of the well-remembered parachutes for which the structure was originally built. Directional lighting offers the viewer vantage points from as close as one hundred feet to as far as a mile away. Lighting systems include color-changing floodlights and custom-designed light emitting diodes (LED). Brightly sparkling LEDs, defining the canopy of the tower and the tower itself, are programmed to animate a calendar of sequences, playing nightly to identify on-and-off boardwalk seasons, full-moon cycles and holidays.

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