Consultant and designer for River Lights, a river lighting feature in South Bend, Indiana, including custom light sculptures. Includes St. Joseph River area, banks, trails, falls, adjacent public buildings, bridges, and interactive light towers.
Lighting Ceremony on May 22, 2015, as part of South Bend’s 150th Birthday weekend.
River Lights Location-specific considerations
Nighttime implications on bridge traffic. Designed placement of water lights to avoid vehicle sight lines. Illuminated under-side of bridge as an accent to glowing water rapids without impacting drivers’ visibility.
Public Art with Interactive Elements
Focal point for downtown community, events, and activities. River light and tower colors change to match seasonal and awareness events, celebrate local team wins, and coordinate with nearby private events. Interactive light towers allow people on both sides of the river to “throw” and “catch” colored light across the river.
Green, Sustainable Design
Energy efficient, long life LEDs reduce carbon footprint of project and maintenance costs.
Press for River Lights
Mentioned in New York Times editorial about South Bend mayor, Pete Buttigieg: “New construction and the dazzling River Lights public art installation, which bathes a cascading stretch of South Bend’s principal waterway in a rainbow of hues, are reinvigorating the city center.”