pittsburgh point, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from skrobotic’s photostream

Want to light up the night? The Point Park Fountain has been shut down for four years for renovations. There will be a grand reopening and dedication celebration (“Riverlights at The Point”) on Friday, June 7, 2013. To help commemorate the occasion — which will also coincide with the first night of the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival — Riverlife has put out a request for proposals from local artists, lighting designers, landscape architects, architects, students and design teams to develop and implement a temporary artistic lighting installation for Point State Park.


You’ll have $20,000 to illuminate the night (but it should also look good during daylight hours). You won’t be lighting the fountain itself — they’ve got that covered. They’re looking for you to create “a visually spectacular lighting effect in Point State Park that can be seen from Mount Washington and the riverbanks across from the Park.” Additional points for design elements which explore Pittsburgh’s identity as a river city; celebrate the history, ecology and geography of this area; and acknowledge our city’s technology, environmental, arts and outdoor recreation sectors.

Can you shine a light on our fair city?

You can see more information (including Q&A) here and the actual RFP here. The deadline for proposals is February 15th. The winning applicant will be chosen and notified in early March.


Pittsburgh at Night, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from brunkfordbraun’s photostream