For the third consecutive year, Space Cannon Illumination Inc. has been awarded tender for New York City's Tribute in Light; an homage to the lives lost on 9/11. The Space Cannon Illumination Inc. team felt privileged to once again take part in such a heart-felt and memorable occasion.
“To be able to contribute to such a worthwhile and world-renowned event has meant and continues to mean a great deal to this team," says Monica Allen, Space Cannon Illumination Inc.'s president. "Our involvement with the Tribute in Light events has lead to a sense of pride and attachment to the City of New York and to the families of the 9/11 victims.”
Space Cannon Illumination Inc. provided a total of 88 Space Cannon NF 7000W fixtures in the non-DMX version to create the wonderful towers of light that have been dubbed "the beams of hope."
A similar design was used for this year's tribute as was used in the past; two banks of 44 fixtures each organized and positioned in order to achieve the desired effect. This year, event organizers were able to create brighter beams of light through the use of these weatherproof NF fixtures. The Space Cannon NF is specially designed for permanent outdoor architectural installations requiring intense white light and offers pan and tilt capabilities.
The first and second Tribute in Light events utilized the Space Cannon Ireos Pro, a color-changing fixture but it was decided to replace the color changing option with brighter white light. The substitution of the 7000W non-DMX NF Space Cannons for the Ireos Pros resulted in crisper, more defined white light output; exactly what event organizers were after! In order to power the fixtures, a quantity of 2 - 1.5 Mw (1, 500, 000 watt) generators in parallel fed 480-208V transformers that in turn, fed distribution panels on each platform. At 5:00pm eastern time, the lights were powered up and lit the night sky until 7:00am the next day.
A creative team conceived the Tribute in Light with support from The Municipal Art Society of New York and Creative Time. The creative team included architects John Bennett and Gustavo Bonevardi, artists Julian LaVerdiere and Paul Myoda, architect Richard Nash Gould, and lighting designer Paul Marantz. The Tribute was made possible with the guidance and support of the Battery Park City Authority, Consolidated Edison, Fisher Marantz, Forest City Ratner, Dan Klores Communications, Park Right Corp and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.