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DQE & Duquesne Light Support World-First Bridge Lighting Display

World-First Bridge Lighting Display

Pittsburghers will see the Rachel Carson Bridge (9th Street Bridge) shine throughout the holiday season with a custom art installation titled “Energy Flow” that highlights Pittsburgh energy innovation.

With financial support from Covestro, LLC, electric infrastructure and fiber optics provided by Duquesne Light Company and DQE Communications, and logistical support from Allegheny County and Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, Energy Flow’s temporary environmental art installation is a collaboration between environmental artist Andrea Polli and Ron Gdovic of WindStax, a Pittsburgh-based wind turbine manufacturer. Energy Flow was selected by the Pittsburgh Bicentennial Steering Commission after a national call for bridge lighting ideas to celebrate the city’s bicentennial.

The installation includes strips of over 27,000 multicolored LED lights running up the bridge’s vertical cables and sixteen wind turbines specially designed for the project. A weather station that captures data about wind speed and can be viewed in real-time by clicking here.

Click here to watch how the bridge lighting was created.


Artist, Andrea Polli, designs the lighting for the Rachel Carson Bridge.