In December, the Community Foundation announced that it would once again partner with REV Birmingham to complete the work it started with the 18th Street light-art installation. This Spring, the Community Catalyst Fund provided a grant for permanent light-art installations in the three remaining underpasses at 14th, 19th and 20th streets. The Community Foundation and our Catalyst Fund donors see this as an opportunity to continue to strengthen the vital connections between the north and south sides of the city center contributing to its growth and vibrancy.
On March 28th, in conjunction with the Birmingham Barons opening game at Regions Field we lit up 14th Street. Titled, ‘Positive Disruption,’ the installation allows pedestrians to disrupt the normal patterns of the spectrum by entering the underpass walkways.
The whole idea behind this underpass installation is to encourage pedestrians to make better use of it when going to the ballpark or Railroad Park.
We celebrated the lighting of the 20th Street with dinner under the viaduct on April 25th. The event, called “Lit: A Celebration of Light and Literature,” benefited Desert Island Supply Co., a creative writing and tutoring center for students in the Birmingham area and the REV Birmingham maintenance fund for all four Birmingham Lights installations. Guests enjoyed dinner from Shindigs catering and readings from local poet, Elizabeth Hughey.
The 20th street installation is titled, ‘Solstice’ and changes with each season.
The final lighting was the 19th Street Viaduct on Saturday, May 10th. It was a ‘Party In the Tunnel” complete with street dancing, food trucks and performance art. More than 200 people turned out for the event that benefited YouthServe programs.
Thanks to the vision of our Community Catalyst Fund donors we have been able to work together with REV Birmingham and the City to build a brighter future for our community.