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Triple Bridge is a project in New York/USA designed by  Leni Schwendinger Light Projects . It encompasses a bus ramp spanning above Ninth Avenue in a neighbourhood called Hell’s Kitchen.

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It features coloured light with weekly rotations of lighting schemes.

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All the photographs by Arch Photo.

A more thorough description by LSLP:

After more than ten years of community planning, design and construction, the bus ramps above Ninth Avenue at 40th Street have been transformed into an infrastructural public-art illumination installation that is delighting residents, visitors, passersby and motorists.

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Created in collaboration with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) by the design team of PKSB Architects and Leni Schwendinger Light Projects (LSLP), a formerly desolate stretch of Hell’s Kitchen roadway—shadowed by exposed steel and concrete overpasses—now shimmers with color-infused light.

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The design process for Triple Bridge Gateway began in 1996. A series of mock-ups and installations continued from 2001 through 2008. The design choices-—metals, lighting and color pattern-—were conceived as emphasis for the bridges’ I-beam engineered structure. A chain-link containment system wraps the sides and underside of each ramp. This highly-detailed stainless-steel metal mesh works to reflect and diffuse light, as well as providing full-time maintenance access.

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The lighting fixtures were selected for their capacity to withstand vibration and extreme weather conditions. Unique mountings were designed to achieve site-specific effects from industrial fixtures.

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Multiple light sources illuminate the bridge structure and the area under the bridges without interfering with ramp-roadway lighting. Linear fluorescents emphasis the I-beam webs and bolted plates. Metal-halide CSI sources graze the mesh scrim, and wallpacks “wash” the bridge coffers with light.

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A computer-sequenced illumination scheme brings this urban sculpture to life with a weekly rotating schedule of visual compositions:
• Chambers of Color—This formal composition focuses on the beam structure and corner shapes.
• Spectacle—A bright and bold composition.
• Reflections—Creates a connection of the street and the bridges’ underside through volumes of reflected
light on the roadbed.

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