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 North Poles now include LED lighting that attracts attention and provides a sense of place along North Broad Street. The North Poles can be used “to express community values, enhance our environment, transform the landscape and heighten our awareness and represent a corridor and a community that is being acknowledged and our possibilities when we #ThinkBroad.
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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.