Here is Bill Pechet on the motivations behind the Great White Way light installation design.

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Transcript

NARRATOR
Here is Bill Pechet on the motivations behind the Great White Way light
installation design.

BILL PECHET
Well, I think one of the most important things about Granville Street was that it
was the epicentre—and still really is the epicentre—of the kind of cultural and
party life of the city.

So um, when we began the project, uh, we looked a lot at historic photos. Uh,
some that were in black and white and of course the Herzog ones in colour. Uh,
we realized that one of the things we could do in the reconstruction of the street
was to evoke um that energy that came from the light.

When you mix colours together, you get white. And that’s one of the reasons we
went with white. But at the same time, we a white colour that had a higher Calvin
number so that it would fix the light as a kind of nostalgic white, not a cool white
that you would find in contemporary lighting systems.

NARRATOR
It was important to Bill that the Great White Way complement existing light and
architecture on Granville Street.

BILL PECHET
In a way, we were trying to do as banal a fixture as possible so that whatever we
put there wouldn’t compete with the existing signage. So the tube itself is a very
simple form. And in a way, it’s not so fixed in any particular design period. Uh,
from afar, it could look like a fluorescent light tube. Or, up close, it’s just kind of
able to co-habitate with a more colourful sign.


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