- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - The designers of a plan to install colorful LED lights on the underside of elevated train tracks in Chicago’s business district have raised nearly $60,000 in an online fundraising campaign that will allow them to test the project.

In addition to brightening Wabash Avenue, designers Jack Newell and Seth Unger say the lights are meant to “put the public back in public art” by letting people program different parts of the lights.

The Chicago Tribune reports (https://trib.in/1LPzTph) the Wabash Lights installation would involve 5,000 LED light tubes along two blocks of the elevated tracks. The designers hope to raise the $3 million to $5 million from private sources.

But first, the Newell and Unger plan later this year to test the lighting installation along a one-block stretch for technical, safety and design challenges.

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Information from: Chicago Tribune, https://www.chicagotribune.com


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