Bridge lighting rendering

A rendering of what the Edmund Pettus Bridge would look like lit at night. Photo provided. 

The lighting of the Edmund Pettus Bridge must be respectful to the history and to the people who made the bridge a civil rights icon, the chief lighting designer said at a public forum Monday.

Ken Douglas of HLB Lighting Design of New York said the project’s goal is to light the bridge and honor the historical events and the people involved in those events. He said the lighting design takes into consideration that during daylight hours, people visiting the bridge want to see it as it was in 1965, which means no light fixtures or wiring should be visible.

Douglas spoke at the third public forum on lighting the Pettus Bridge at Arsenal Place Nov. 8. Before he showed the audience different displays, Douglas explained, “This is an historic bridge. This bridge is about a lot of very dramatic history. It’s not the kind of environment that will have a lot of twinkle lights, lots of flashy lighting going on.”

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