Mayor Buckhorn to Light Downtown Bridges ?? Invites Public to Lighting and to Stay for Screening of "The Wizard of Oz"

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agua lucesMayor Bob Buckhorn will light the downtown bridges on Friday, August 10, 2012 at 8:15 p.m. In addition the lighting ceremony, a screening of "The Wizard of Oz" will immediately follow on the great lawn at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

"Celebrating the Hillsborough River and our historic bridges is an opportunity to showcase downtown's best assets. Thanks to TECO, the Hillsborough River will never look better and our future, never brighter,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. "Join me, bring your family, and after the lighting of 'Agua Luces,' enjoy one last summer movie in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park."

The five bridges that will be lit as part of the "Agua Luces" bridge lighting are: Platt Street Bridge, Brorein Street Bridge, Kennedy Boulevard Bridge, CSX Bridge, and the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway's Hillsborough River bridge.

The lighting and movie screening are free and open to the public. Food truck vendors and Kahwa coffee will also be on-site at 7 p.m. so come early, and the lighting will occur shortly after dusk. The Tampa Downtown Partnership will provide free glow in the dark accessories for kids. Blankets, low-back chairs and picnic baskets are encouraged.

The screening of "The Wizard of Oz" is produced by the City of Tampa and the Tampa Downtown Partnership, and is sponsored by Kahwa Coffee, MAGIC 94.9, Tampa Bay Times and tbt.

Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas is the founding sponsor of "Agua Luces." The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority sponsored the lighting of the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway’s Hillsborough River bridge.

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In January, Mayor Buckhorn unveiled the plans for "Agua Luces" ("Water Lights" in Spanish), a new, permanent art installation and an extension of the "Lights on Tampa” program.

Chicago-based lighting artist Tracey Dear, who lit the bridges in Chicago as well as the Wrigley Building, was chosen for the installation. The Public Art Program and the "Lights on Tampa" Committee selected Tracey Dear through a juried process for "Lights on Tampa 2006," although the lighting of the bridges was not realized.

The City of Tampa hopes that with continued private sector support "Agua Luces" will be extended to the remaining bridges in downtown by 2014. Lighting all nine downtown bridges is a fundamental vision for the City of Tampa.