Greater City Providence

Tunnel of LED

Multiverse” by Leo Villareal, video by Jef Nickerson

When we were in Washington earlier this month, Matt dragged us to the National Gallery of Art to see this LED Tunnel between the old and new buildings. Turns out, it was wicked cool and probably the highlight of DC. The piece, by artist Leo Villareal, consists of 41,000 LED’s set on one wall and the ceiling of the 200 foot long tunnel. It is on loan to the National Gallery of Art until November.

Hmm, until November. How can we get it installed in the Pleasant Street Tunnel under the new Pawtucket RIver Bridge.

Or, maybe we could get this installed there:



Installation by artists Bar&Shay, photos from Wooster Collective

I can’t find much info about this except that it is by artists Bar&Shay and is an installation from Tel Aviv. This would be pretty slick under the Pawtucket River Bridge, or how about along the stairway under the mall to the Promenade.

Jef Nickerson

Jef is Greater City Providence's co-founder, editor, and publisher. He grew up on Cape Cod and lived in Boston; Portland, Maine; and New York before settling in Providence. In addition to urbanism, Jef is interested in art, design, and ice cream. Please feel free to contact Jef if you have any question or comments about Greater City Providence.


  • I was at the Museum of Contemporary Art last month and the first floor featured the works of Olafur Eliasson. One particular section was called the “room for one color”, in which he used monochromatic light bulbs (in this case they were an orange type of color, it felt like you were walking through an easy bake oven). The affect on your eyes from these bulbs is to allow only certain colors to reach your eyes. Anyone wearing anything colorful seemed like they were in black, grey, or yellow once inside the hall.

  • According to the presentation on the PRB, the lighting they intend to install is color controlable. Something not-entirely-tedious would be possible using just the permanently-installed system.

    Me? I’ll settle for a system that still has working light bulbs 5 years after the bridge is complete.

    I like the idea of the under-the-mall lighting installation. What are the possibilities for these kinds of under-infrastructure spaces? I like where this is going?

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