Prince Edward Viaduct
The Prince Edward Viaduct, also known as the Bloor Viaduct is the longest bridge in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, connecting Bloor Street with Danforth Avenue over Don Valley. It was built in 1918, and it contributed to more rapid development in the eastern part of the city. The suicide prevention construction called “Luminous Veil” was installed in 2003 and it consists of over 9,000 steel rods, that are now illuminated by 600 GVA Lighting’s STR9® RGB fixtures. To ensure a problem-free operation, INFINITY® technology with the all new PDB-INF-6000 was the right choice, given the 494 meter length of the bridge.
The unique feature of the Prince Edward Viaduct is that the lights will be on 24 hours a day, 360 days a year and they will change colors and effects depending on the wind speed, direction as well as season. This makes PEV the only bridge of its kind in the world.
Client: City of Toronto
Artist: Dereck Revington, Dereck Revington Studio
Lighting Design: Joe Berardi, Paul Boken & Alan McIntosh, Mulvey & Banani
Electrical installation: Guild Electric
Controls: Westbury National
CTV News – Bloor Viaduct’s ‘Luminous Veil’ to light up night sky
Toronto Star – Historic Bloor viaduct gets the grand reveal July 4
CP 24 – ‘Luminous Veil’ lights up Bloor Viaduct ahead of Pan Am Games
CBC – Bloor Viaduct ‘Luminous Veil’ to light up Saturday night
blogTO – Bloor Viaduct finally lights up the night
Toronto SUN – Luminous unveiling planned for Saturday at the Bloor viaduct
The SOUTH BAYVIEW BULLDOG – “Luminous Veil” transforms Bloor Viaduct into light show
In addition to the local new outlets, LD+A, the magazine of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America also published a comprehensive article about the project in its March 2016 issue called “A Sonata of Light“.