You're invited to celebrate the grand return of the Point State Park Fountain on Friday, June 7, 2013! Join us for a free evening of fun, entertainment and dazzling lights on the water. Be there when the 150-foot fountain is turned back on for the first time. Riverlights at The Point kicks off the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, so you know it's going to be an evening the whole family can enjoy. Full details available at PointStatePark.com, but here's a peek at what you can expect:
5:00 pm: Ribbon cutting ceremony - free and open to the public!
6:30 pm: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros / Donora, headlining the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival
Sunset: Lighting displays throughout the Park and illuminated boats on the water
You won't want to miss this historic moment! The festivities kick off with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:00 pm, during which the fountain will be dedicated and switched on for the first time. Watch the 150-foot column of water rise in the middle of a completely restored basin and plaza.
"Riverlights at The Point" coincides with the opening night of the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival. After the 5:00 pm fountain ribbon cutting ceremony, enjoy a FREE concert from headlining performers Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, with opening act Donora. Musical performances take place on the Dollar Bank stage on the city-side lawn of Point State Park.
Not only can you check out the fountain's spectacular new LED lighting, but Point State Park will also be lit at sunset by several temporary lighting installations commissioned specifically for “Riverlights at The Point.”
Pittsburgh-based Lightwave International will debut “Pittsburgh: Spectral Ascending,” a collaboration with Berlin-based artist Yvette Mattern. Celebrating the confluence of Pittsburgh’s three rivers and the geography of the Point, “Pittsburgh: Spectral Ascending” consists of six laser projectors positioned on top of PPG Place aimed down at the top of the 150 foot fountain center column of water. “Pittsburgh: Spectral Ascending” will be visible at sundown on June 7 and will run through June 9. Mattern and Lightwave International previously collaborated on “Global Rainbow,” different variations of which have been produced in New York, Germany, France, and the Cultural Olympiad in London preceding the 2012 Olympic Summer Games. Laser special effects by Lightwave International can be seen in the current Universal Pictures film “Oblivion” starring Tom Cruise.
"Riverlights at The Point" is generously made possible by Colcom Foundation.
Upper image: Pittsburgh skyline by Annie O'Neill
Lower image: "Global Rainbow: NYC," a collaboration between Yvette Mattern and Lightwave International, debuted in New York City in November 2012. Image courtesy of Lightwave International.