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Landmark WGBH screen to go dark until September
(Globe File Photo)
The mural, shown in December, was meant to reflect what's going on inside the station.
By Globe Staff
The eye-catching electronic mural that looms over the Massachusetts Turnpike as drivers enter Boston has been having technical problems and will go dark until September, a spokeswoman for WGBH said today.
The problem is that some of the LEDs (light-emitting diodes) that produce the image on the screen go dark when they become too warm. The public television and radio station is planning to enhance the cooling system, Lucy Sholley, director of marketing and promotion, said in an e-mail.
The 30-by-45-foot screen, which was turned on in September, is part of the station's new $85 million headquarters. Visible for a mile to eastbound travelers, it is allowed to display only photos, no words.
The digital mural shows a new image or series of images every day from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. The images are drawn from that day's television or radio programming or somehow reflect the station's mission, the station says on its website. At night, the mural displays an image of the evening sky.
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