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Pittsburgh Bicentennial Commission Announces Collaboration with Covestro, Environmental Artist Andrea Polli and WindStax

PITTSBURGH, PA (July 26, 2016) - The Pittsburgh Bicentennial Steering Commission announced today that an innovative project that was envisioned as part of the city’s celebrations is moving forward. With financial support from Covestro, LLC and logistical support from Duquesne Light Company and Allegheny County, the Rachel Carson Bridge will become the site of a unique environmental art installation to be revealed during the 2016 Light Up Night celebration.

“I am thrilled to see this historic project come to light,” said Mayor William Peduto. “Thanks to a great partnership between members of the Bridge Lighting Committee of the Bicentennial Commission, Allegheny County, Covestro, Duquesne Light, and the selected artist and implementation team, we will have a beautiful installation showcasing our rich history and promising future in design, energy, innovation and the arts.”

The Bridge Lighting Committee of the Bicentennial Commission went through a rigorous Request for Qualification and vetting process that has also resulted in the selection of a team to move the project forward. Andrea Polli, an environmental artist, and Ron Gdovic of WindStax, a Pittsburgh-based manufacturer of wind turbines and alternative energy solutions, will be responsible for creating Energy Flow. The project will combine light and wind to create a temporary light display on the Rachel Carson Bridge.

“Covestro is proud to be part of the Bicentennial year events and to celebrate with the city we have called home for more than 60 years,” said Jerry MacCleary, President of Covestro LLC. “Energy Flow combines art and technology with one of our region’s most signature features – a bridge. This was a natural fit for Covestro, not only because the bridge symbolizes our own journey in developing a new brand identity, but also because our raw materials help protect and beautify many of the bridges right here in Pittsburgh.”

Covestro’s support of the Energy Flow project demonstrates the company’s commitment to the Pittsburgh region and its vision for creating a cleaner, brighter future through innovative technologies.

Duquesne Light Company is providing the additional electrical infrastructure needed to bring the Energy Flow installation to life. As part of Allegheny County’s long-term efforts to rehabilitate the Three Sister Bridges and the city’s Bicentennial celebrations, Duquesne Light will be working over the next few months to design and install necessary equipment on the Rachel Carson Bridge. The installation of a number of vertical wind turbines, and Duquesne Light’s work, will serve as a connection point for the temporary installation to the electric grid, providing an alternate source of power to the display.

“Duquesne Light is honored to be a part of such an important milestone in our city’s history,” said Rich Riazzi, President and CEO of Duquesne Light. “We have been delivering power to Pittsburgh for more than 135 years, and couldn’t be more excited to lend our expertise to this innovative lighting installation that will serve as a focal point of this year’s Light Up Night celebration.”

Last month, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Allegheny County Council passed legislation authorizing the use of the Rachel Carson Bridge for the purpose of the light display. In its legislative action, Council indicated that the use of the bridge for the display will bring enjoyment and benefit to the residents of the county, and will also promote our region nationally and internationally.

“For a long time, the Sister Bridges have been a symbol to people far and wide of our city, county and region,” said Fitzgerald. “We’re excited to support the Pittsburgh 200 celebration by making the Rachel Carson Bridge available for this effort and look forward to seeing the final results of this unique collaboration.”

The Bridge Committee was co-chaired by Jay Sukernek, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Riverlife, and Jeremy Waldrup, President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. The committee spent months planning and working towards the ultimate goal of a bridge lighting for the Bicentennial Celebration.

“It was a privilege to have been part of this selection process,” said Sukernek. “By selecting a team made up of Ms. Polli, known for her environmental art installations featuring air and light, and WindStax, a local manufacturer and leader in alternative energy generation, we are honoring the legacy of environmentalist Rachel Carson for whom the bridge is named.”

As part of the project, wind turbines will be used to generate electricity to be used in Energy Flow. Additional information and information related to the project will be provided as the planning and efforts by the selected team continue to move forward, with the unveiling of the project schedule for Light Up Night 2016.

“The holidays are such a special time in Downtown Pittsburgh and we are thrilled to see this new lighting project unveiled on Light Up Night,” said Waldrup. “The bridge is certain to serve as another anchor destination in Downtown throughout the season.”

 

CONTACT: Jay Sukernek, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Riverlife; Cell: 412-334-0975; jay@riverlifepgh.org

 

ABOUT THE BICENTENNIAL STEERING COMMISSION

The Pittsburgh Bicentennial Commission was organized and is chaired by Mayor William Peduto and co-chaired by Dr. Andy Masich, President and CEO of the John H. Heinz History Center. Nearly 30 business and community leaders are part of the Steering Commission, including community and non-profit organizations.

 

ABOUT THE PITTSBURGH BICENTENNIAL

The Pittsburgh Bicentennial is a yearlong celebration of the 200th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Pittsburgh, giving citizens opportunity for self-governance. Pittsburgh was incorporated as a city on March 18, 1816. Mayor William Peduto formed the Pittsburgh Bicentennial Commission to recognize and celebrate the anniversary with unique and collaborative partnerships. Over 200 organizations, companies, nonprofits and individuals are participating in the yearlong celebration. For more information visit www.pgh200.com, follow @PGHbicentennial on Twitter for follow the hashtag #PGH200.

 

ABOUT COVESTRO LLC

Covestro LLC is one of the leading producers of high-performance polymers in North America and is part of the global Covestro business with 2015 sales of EUR 12.1 billion. Covestro manufactures high-tech polymer materials and develops innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction, medical and sports and leisure industries. The Covestro group has 30 production sites around the globe and employed approximately 15,800 people at the end of 2015.

 

ABOUT DUQUESNE LIGHT

Duquesne Light Company is committed to more than keeping the lights on; it powers the moments in its customers’ lives. As a next generation energy company, Duquesne Light Company’s nearly 1,500 employees are dedicated to delivering reliable and safe energy to more than a half a million customers in southwestern Pennsylvania.

 

ABOUT ANDREA POLLI

Andrea Polli is a writer and environmental artist adept at using the mercurial qualities of air and light to create original artworks. She has exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Artport and the Field Museum of Natural History. Polli holds a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her doctorate in computing, communications and electronics from the University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom.

 

ABOUT WINDSTAX

WindStax® Wind Power Systems is a full-service wind power company. We design and manufacture our own unique brand of plug-and-play wind power systems for residential and commercial off-grid, microgrid, and supplemental stationary power requirements. WindStax Wind Power Systems incorporates many industry firsts – including high-performance energy management in a self-contained and reliable green energy system that is easy to own and operate.

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Publish Date:
July 26, 2016

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