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Riverlights at The Point is June 7

Celebrate the return of the Point State Park fountain with light, music and more


Riverlights at The Point - June 7, 2013

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.

Additionally, Pittsburgh-based Clear Story Studio and Braddock-based Zero Fossil will present  20-foot solar illuminated flags positioned throughout the Park. Each flag features LED lighting powered by Zero Fossil’s “JuiceBox,” a locally produced individual power source with solar panels that charge during daylight while dispensing up to six hours of energy at night.


Hey river users: decorate your watercraft with lights and hit the rivers around Pittsburgh’s Point at sundown on June 7. The eyes of the world will be on our city as the fountain returns to the skyline during “Riverlights at The Point.”

“Riverlights ” celebrates Point State Park and Pittsburgh’s huge outdoor recreation community. Let’s make sure the world knows how much we love this river city! Glowsticks, LEDs, battery packs…however you light up your boat, make sure to post photos of your creativity on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using hashtags #Riverlights and #Pittsburgh.

Those participating are reminded to use extreme caution when paddling or boating in low light conditions, and to follow all U.S. Coast Guard and Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission guidelines.

"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.

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