Philips Color Kinetics of Burlington made a big splash with its energy-saving LEDs this past year, re-lighting the Empire State Building, and transforming the Zakim and San Francisco Bay bridges into glowing landmarks.
The projects, illuminating signature structures in three major US cities, have ignited an increased interest in light as public art, from interactive beacons for designer benches in Boston’s Fort Point neighborhood to restoring a weather-forecasting light sculpture atop Pittsburgh’s Gulf Tower Building.
“There’s a growing awareness of these types of installations and their potential,” said Susanne Seitinger, city innovations manager for Philips Color Kinetics. “It’s a big topic for urban designers, it’s a big topic for planners, it’s a big topic for city leaders.”
It’s also a big opportunity for Philips. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.