Changing colored lights are a significant nighttime feature of the four steel sculptures in the grassy area near the Pacific Boulevard off-ramp to Lyon Street in downtown Albany. But lately they’ve not come on.
“Any idea why our $80k hasn’t been lit at night recently?” asked Rhea Graham, one of the readers of this site. She was referring to the amount of money the city council approved as the cost of this example of public art. The installation was completed just before Christmas in 2020.
I went by the place on the bike the other day, on the 19th, and I didn’t see any lights. But it was daytime, so how could I? Presumably the lights are programmed to come on at night.
That’s what Parks and Recreation Director Kim Lyddane told me. But then Rhea replied that the lights had been out at night for a couple of weeks or so.
So, how come?
Tom Valentino, who handles facilities maintenance for the city parks, went to check it out Monday, and today I heard of the result from the parks director: “Tom went and looked at it and found water damage to the controller. He is working with the artist to get it resolved.”
The artist, Dee Dee Morrison, has her studio in Greenville, S.C. Let’s hope she has an idea for fixing whatever is wrong. The lights are kind of cool, but only if they work (hh)