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North Poles

About the North Poles

The North Poles are  55-foot-high public art fixtures along North Broad Street from Hamilton Street to Glenwood Avenue. The lights were initially created by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson architecture firm and James Carpenter Design Associates, and upgrades to the project were completed by Forman Signs.

The new North Poles now include LED lighting that attracts attention and provides a sense of place along North Broad Street. The North Poles can now be used “to express community values, enhance our environment, transform the landscape and heighten our awareness.” As the colors change, they will represent something noteworthy to the North Broad community and beyond. Perhaps the North Poles will be red to represent heart Disease and the health crisis facing the North Broad community, or green to promote safe driving and pedestrian safety. Whatever the reason, the North Poles now represent a corridor and a community that is being acknowledged and our possibilities when we #ThinkBroad.

To stay connected and to learn what the colors represent – or to suggest a color – see below and sign up for the North Broad Renaissance newsletter.

Current North Pole Color: Red, White, and Blue

Happy Independence Day North Broad! Be sure to visit North Broad at sun set and enjoy the North Poles as they illuminate red, white and blue.

So while you’re on North Broad this month enjoying the latest show at the MET or eating at one of North Broad’s great restaurants, step out on North Broad, watch the sun set, and join us in celebrating the rainbow!

Do you have a special event or important cause that you’d like create awareness to? The North Poles are a great way to do that.

The NBR invites the public to submit requests for the North Poles’ monthly color change.

Click here to complete the North Pole Color Request Form.

Do you have a color suggestion for the North Poles? Tag us on social media and use #NorthPoles!

North Pole Facts

  • There are 41 “North Poles” that serve as public art and that light up the Broad Street median from Hamilton Street to Glenwood Avenue.
  • In the same year, the North Poles were awarded Project of the Year by Mid-Atlantic chapter of the Construction Management Association of America.
  • Each pole has 5 sets of the LED, totaling 20 lights per pole, and 800 lights in total for the project
  • As a result, the North Poles can produce any color imaginable and the animation programs include fading from one color into the next, as well as blinking/flashing. In addition, the North Poles are capable of using programs that use up to 10 colors in a given sequence.