14th Street Lighting installation to be revealed March 28 at White Sox game at Regions Field
REV Birmingham and the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham will unveil Birmingham Lights: Positive Disruption on Friday, March 28 in conjunction with the highly-anticipated exhibition game between the Birmingham Barons and Chicago White Sox at Regions Field. The 14th Street lighting installation marks the second of four permanent light art projects to be installed under viaducts across Birmingham’s City Center.
During the game, organizers will preview an exclusive show of the underpass lights on the field’s Jumbotron. Attendees are invited to pass through the lights after the game to celebrate the newly activated 14th Street Viaduct. REV and the Community Foundation will offer music and giveaways from 9p.m.-11p.m.
Funded by the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham’s Community Catalyst Fund, the 14th Street installation has been designed by local lighting designer John Gill of SSOE Group. Titled ‘Positive Disruption,’ the installation allows pedestrians to disrupt the normal patterns of the spectrum by entering the underpass walkways. “People are used to seeing color arranged in the typical pattern of a rainbow. We want pedestrians to disrupt that pattern in a way that is fun and a little jarring,” said Gill.
“Our whole idea behind this underpass installation was to encourage pedestrians to make better use of it when going to the ballpark or Railroad Park,” said REV Birmingham CEO David Fleming. “In a way, the installation itself should disrupt some of the negative patterns on the west side of downtown.”
Future installations by Gill at 19th and 20th streets have also been funded by the Community Foundation’s Community Catalyst Fund and work is underway. The first installation in the Birmingham Lights series, titled LightRails, was designed by San Antonio artist and sculptor Bill Fitzgibbons and was activated June 27th at the 18th Street Railroad Viaduct.
REV Birmingham (REV) revitalizes places and energizes business to create vibrancy in the City of Birmingham. REV is an economic development organization that stimulates business growth and improves quality of life in Birmingham’s City Center and its Neighborhood Commercial Centers. For more information visit www.revbirmingham.org.