|Chicago bridge lit by Tracy Dear|
After six years, thanks to the pressure from the media focus on Tampa during the RNC convention and TECO agreeing to shoulder the power cost, Chicago-based Dear Productions, run by Lighting Designer Tracy Dear, has been approved by Tampa City Council to light four bridges across the Hillsborough River. It is called "Agua Luces", which is bad Spanish for "water lights". You can see Dear's prior projects here [Link].
$30k has been approved for the design work. The actual installation of the LEDs will cost much more. Below is a picture of another of the eleven Chicago bridges Dear lit. It is easy to see how this will help give the impression to national media that Tampa is a progressive, arts-oriented city -- for the minimum investment.