Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Saturday Night at Union Depot

For about two  years I have been driving around a construction project when going to work. The Union Depot was and now has been restored. It will be a terminus for the Green Line of the light rail and is beginning to be a stop or terminus for many bus routes.The Amtrak passenger train will be re-routed to this depot sometime within the next year.

On Saturday night a Lite-Brite mural opened. You may ask what is a Lite-Brite display? Lite-Brite are little bulbs that one can organize into making pictures. These were really fun toys.

This display is actually an art piece designed by Ta-coumba Aiken, an artist I've been following for years. Many volunteers sorted out the packages of Lite-Brites, which comes in mixed colors, and then many other volunteers helped to put the mural together. It will be in place until February 28. [Update on February 20 -- A story in MinnPost explains the mural has 596,000 lights and it will eventually be put on permanent display in a place yet to be determined.]

Found my way into the parking ramp and then into Main Hall for the first time ever.

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Wow!

There were kiosks for snacks and drinks as well as activities for kids.

The display set a Guinness record for being the largest Lite-Brite display created. I estimate the display is about 40 feet wide and 10 feet high.

Here is a close-up of one part of the display.

I was intrigued by the little sun that is in the upper center of this panel.

I'm anxious to go back in the daylight soon so I can get a better view of the restoration of the Main Hall.

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