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Luftwerk’s ‘Turning Sky’ lighting installation on 606 to be unveiled Saturday

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The new piece of public art will light up the 606 trail at 4:00 p.m. this coming Saturday


Luftwerk, a pair of local artists known for their dynamic and colorful lighting installations, will be unveiling their latest project this weekend. Dubbed Turning Sky, the new installation will illuminate The 606’s bridge at Milwaukee Avenue with a series of colorful LED lights. Expected to operate for the next five years, the ever-shifting display will morph its colors based on weather conditions along the 2.7-mile trail. The hues of the LED light nodes attached to the arched bridge’s suspension cables would be influenced by factors such as temperature, humidity, and wind. The project comes in a partnership with the Trust for Public Land, the organization that helped to spearhead the ambitious rails-to-trails project.

The installation will launch this coming Saturday at the second annual Walk with Light—an event where hundreds of people decked out in bright lights will take over the trail. Event organizers will also be collecting winter clothing donations at three different access points: the Milwaukee and Leavitt bridge, Humboldt Boulevard, and Ridgeway Avenue. The Walk with Light event kicks off at 4:00 p.m. and unveiling of Turning Sky will take place at 4:15 p.m.