Eight Interactive light sculptures (17' to 33' tall), one 45' horizontal arc sculpture, dynamic lighting of 250' St Joseph's River cascades white water, 500' Jefferson Bridge with 4 arches, illumination of diSuvero's "Keeper of the Fire" sculpture.
This section of the St. Joseph River is beautiful and really enjoyed during the day, but was dark and uninviting, even scary, as dusk fell. The goal of this project was to activate the area at night, link the different demographics of the east and west banks, and to create a fun and interactive destination. Prior, the area was dark and dangerous at night. Creating an engaging outdoor destination in the downtown was part of a master plan to revitalize the economy.
Rob Shakespeare worked with Downtown South Bend Inc. Executive Director Aaron Perri for three years to realize this project, another layer of revitalization for the City. He worked closely with engineers, construction managers, a landscape architect and community volunteers to plan and execute River Lights. His team included a master control system programmer, Sean Smallman.
River Lights opened on the 150th Birthday of South Bend and is commemorative of the event. Funding was primarily from local businesses, individuals, and some City grants. Please watch the background VIDEO at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lAf-IcfnJQ
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