City of Tampa lights Fortune Taylor Bridge
The Fortune Taylor Bridge is the sixth downtown bridge to receive permanent lighting under Mayor Bob Buckhorn and is part of the City of Tampa’s ongoing Lights On Tampa Program.
“The lighting of these bridges has become a signature visual for some of Tampa’s most iconic photographs in recent years,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “ Our public art is both indicative and a validator of our urban revitalization. These projects create a sense of community and they will be cherished for years to come.”
The Fortune Taylor Bridge will look noticeably different from the other bridges. Viewers will notice that they are brighter, of a higher quality, and provide a broader range for programming. The lights on the bridge are color kinetics, LED fixtures RGBW (red, green blue and white) and allow for the creation of a broad spectrum of color palettes in deeper hues and even pastels—well over 16 million color combinations.
Funding is through the Arts Programs Division and the Downtown CRA fund. Total budget for the project is $428,000. It is hoped that all downtown bridges will eventually receive permanent lighting as funding becomes available.
The next Lights On Tampa is scheduled for November 2020.
Matt May, Chairman of the City of Tampa Public Art Committee: “The light installation employs lights and programming that are new to Tampa’s Riverwalk and will help to create a diverse visual experience along Tampa’s riverfront.”
Chris Jones, lead lighting designer for the project: “We approached this bridge as an illuminated piece of art work as opposed to just changing colors, the fixtures can display a wide range of effects similar to paint on canvas” says
What: Fortune Taylor Bridge most recent bridge to receive permanent lighting
When: Starting March 19, 2019
Where: Fortune Taylor Bridge/Hillsborough River
Photos by Matt May