Downtown Birmingham will come to life on Saturday night for Paint The Town Red, the annual fundraiser featuring digital artists, animators, and filmmakers. The artists’ works are projected on walls and windows along 19th Street South and Powell Avenue lighting up the city center.
One of the participants is international light artist Bill FitzGibbons, who is also in town to begin work on a new, permanent light-art sculpture at the 18th Street railroad underpass (linking First Avenue North with the East Gate of Railroad Park). When complete, this piece of public light-art will activate an underused space and encourage pedestrian traffic in this vital connection between two growing areas of downtown Birmingham.
Bill’s light-art sculpture, along with the development of a master plan for potential lighting projects across Birmingham’s City Center, was made possible by donors who supported the Community Catalyst Funds — funds that are making possible another investment in projects to transform our region.
We can’t wait to see Bill’s temporary installation on Saturday night, and look forward to flipping the switch on his permanent work later this summer. We’re certain this vibrant addition to Birmingham will encourage even more support for future lighting projects.