Thursday, July 06, 2006

The Coney Island Parachute Jump, called "the Eiffel Tower of Brooklyn," is to be illuminated by night starting tomorrow. Designed by Manhattan-based Lights Project LTD, the design will use a combination of floodlights and LEDs that can be seen from as far away as the Verrazano Bridge.

Within each setting, hundreds of mini sequences transform the jump from a stagnant tower into a canvas for a crazed, kinetic light show that can simulate fireworks, mimic musical rhythms and visually chime out the hours. The result is very much in the character of Coney. "I think it captures the 21st-century Coney Island, where we recognize that an amusement park is important to the soul of New York City," says Dick Zigun, founder of Coney Island USA and spark plug behind much of the area's artistic revival.

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