It’s April 22 and it’s Earth Day! Our pals at Montague Business Improvement District are out in force today hanging a solar powered light installation in some of the trees on Montague Street.
Update: The installation should be up until Memorial Day, assuming the solar cells keep working.
And now the full press release for your viewing pleasure:
SOLAR LIGHTS ILLUMINATE SPRING EVENINGS
ON MONTAGUE STREET
Brooklyn – April 22, 2008 – Trees along Montague Street were decorated today, Earth Day, with eco-friendly solar-powered lights. The decorative light installation, Spring Lights, was sponsored by the Montague Street Business Improvement District (BID).
“We’re delighted to draw attention to the beauty and vitality of Montague Street, and to do it in a way that’s sustainable,” said Chelsea Mauldin, executive director of the Montague Street BID. “Solar-powered lighting allows us to highlight our gorgeous streetscape – and provide an amenity to our businesses, residents, and visitors – while also minimizing our environmental
The installation, designed by Nathalie Rozot, Planning & Design, includes Japanese-style lanterns that hang from the boughs of two-dozen street trees. Select trees also host sensor-equipped lamps that respond to passers-by, casting shadows of leaves and branches on the sidewalk as pedestrians go past.
“Excellent lighting, provided by our merchants and the City, already help make Montague Street feel safe and appealing,” said Ms. Mauldin. “Additional innovative light installations, like the Spring Lights program that Nathalie Rozot created here, take us to the next level, where our unique street is not only one of Brooklyn’s top retail corridors, but also a destination for shoppers and diners who appreciate a livable, playful urban environment.”