Artist transforms derelict underpass with rainbow light installation
LightRails by Bill FitzGibbons
Urban renewal of neglected spaces and infrastructure can use many approaches, be it adapting for new uses, or using art to transform places completely. American artist-sculptor Bill FitzGibbons was commissioned by the city of Birmingham, Alabama to alter a derelict and dangerous Art Deco railroad underpass with a vibrant light installation.
Built in 1931, the 18th Street underpass connects downtown Birmingham with a new development called Railroad Park. FitzGibbons’ installation, titled LightRails, consists of thousands of programmed LEDs, capable of millions of different light combinations, that aim to attract pedestrians.
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Written By: Kimberley Mok
Image Courtesy of: Bill FitzGibbons