Bloor Viaduct's 'Luminous Veil' to light up night sky
Published Friday, July 3, 2015 6:40PM EDT
The Bloor Viaduct's "Luminous Veil" will illuminate the night sky on Saturday, when 35,000 LED lights are turned on for the 2015 Pan Am Games.
Made of a series of rods, the Luminous Veil is a safety barrier that was constructed in 2003. Toronto-based artist Dereck Revington designed the barrier, but the lighting component was not realized until recently.
The cost to light the Luminous Veil is approximately $2.8 million.
Unlike regular LED lights, however, those that will adorn the 494-metre concrete-steel arch bridge will change colour according to the wind, temperature and season. The lights will be turned on 24 hours a day, 360 days a year.
"The bridge will be transformed into a 500-metre canvas. It's painting in time and light. It will never look the same," Revington said in a statement. "There’s nothing like it in the world."
The bridge will officially be lit up on Saturday at 10 p.m. following the arrival of the Pan Am flame.
With a report from CTV Toronto's Ben Mercer