Canada's Sesquicentennial has provided an opportunity for the City of Kingston to invest in a new, energy-efficient and programmable lighting system to showcase Kingston City Hall, Springer Market Square and the Confederation Fountain.
Cities all over the world use light in creative ways to highlight historical buildings, attract visitors and promote important community events, celebrations and issues. In Kingston, the main purpose of this new lighting system is to showcase Kingston City Hall as a national historic site, but also to provide opportunities to bring the community together, when appropriate, through the use of this new technology.
Using this new technology, there are four main zones that can be illuminated that include:
- the front and rear facades of City Hall;
- the dome of City Hall;
- Springer Market Square; and
- the Confederation Park Fountain and,
- at a later date, the D.A. McNevin Memorial Fountain in Springer Market Square (seasonal).
Sample conceptual rendering
Currently, a number of assumptions are being made regarding the draft Illumination Policy as follows:
- City Hall and the surrounding areas are already being lit at night for safety reasons and to highlight architectural features so this policy is meant to identify opportunities to highlight and promote important community events, celebrations and issues only
- It is intended the new lighting system will be used respectfully in relation to the architecture of Kingston City Hall and also so it does not negatively impact area residents
- It is assumed only a limited number of colours will be used at one time and careful consideration will be given to the animation of these colours and/or the use of projections
- The new lighting system will not be used to respond to world events or for commercial purposes
- The fountains fall outside the policy given their seasonal use and will be managed by City staff
- The Illumination Policy will be reviewed after one year and further public input will be sought at that time to determine the success of the new lighting system
Your input will be used to help shape an Illumination Policy that will provide guidelines regarding how often the new lighting system will be used and for what purpose. This survey will be available until June 16, 2017 and the results of the survey – along with the feedback received during a public meeting to be held on June 12, 2017 in City Hall – will be used to develop the Illumination Policy to be approved by council in July 2017.
Example showing how lighting can be used to illuminate City Hall during The Tragically Hip concert, August 20, 2016