The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation in Buffalo, New York is planning to project a nightly light show on the Connecting Terminal grain elevator on the west side of the Buffalo Ship Canal starting next year. The light show will be a permanent spectacle to draw visitors to the waterfront area at night.
The light show is expected to last between 40 minutes and an hour. It will repeat every night from dusk to 11 p.m. Officials hope it will enhance nightlife for residents of Buffalo.
The waterfront agency approved two contracts totaling $2.9 million on August 11. The contracts cover construction costs, including electrical installation, at the Connecting Terminal.
The grain elevator was designed by A.E. Baxter and constructed in 1915. It is owned by the New York Power Authority. The Authority recently repaired the elevator’s roof and removed asbestos from the structure.
The city had been planning to light the bridges on local streets and a portion of the city‘s Skyway, but those plans have been put on hold, although officials expect them to go forward eventually.
The city plans to create a more elaborate light and projection show in the future. It will be produced by Ambiance Design Productions and based on a public art spectacle the company created in Quebec City. The second project, which is expected to cost $20 million, will tell Buffalo’s history and incorporate 3D video projection, pyrotechnics, smoke, sound, and other special effects. City officials hope to find a sponsor for the show.
A group of grain elevators at Silo City has become a popular attraction in the past couple of years. Those elevators are used for art installations, architectural gatherings, music events, and theatrical performances. The project to illuminate the Connecting Terminal is another way for the city to revitalize the elevators.