FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 13, 2017
Bartle Hall is joining the list of landmark buildings turning on the red lights to celebrate the AFC West Champion Kansas City Chiefs, who face the Pittsburgh Steelers in a divisional playoff game at noon Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.
The four Sky Stations that adorn the Kansas City Convention Center will shine red and gold at 7 p.m. Friday when the switch is flipped on the 50 new LED lights that have been installed as part of the $1.6 million project to repair one station that was damaged by a lightning strike last May.
The City reinstalled the station above the easternmost 300-foot pylon on Sept. 18. While repairing that structure, electricians discovered that the lights needed to be updated. The decision was then made to change all the lights at once and actually save money in the process.
Insurance paid for all but $250,000 of the repair cost, and the benefits of upgrading to LED lighting are significant. Overall, fewer lights and fixtures are needed to illuminate the Sky Stations and the power consumption is being cut by 70 percent.
The entertainment value is another benefit visitors to the convention center will realize because the computer programming allows for animated light shows and millions of choices of lighting combinations.
The genius behind the new lighting is Richard Welnowski, an award-winning filmmaker and high-definition video trailblazer. In 1989, Welnowski shared shared an Emmy award for technical work on one of the first all-high definition projects, a PBS film by Zbigniew Rybczynski called “The Orchestra.”
The Sky Stations that crown the Bartle Hall pylons are part of The One Percent for Art program that highlights the visual history of Kansas City and was created by local, regional and national artists. The 12-ton aluminum and steel sculptures were designed by R.M. Fischer in 1994. The KC Convention Center is operated by the City of Kansas City, Missouri’s General Services Department.
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Media inquiries should be directed to City Communications Director Chris Hernandez, 816-513-3474.