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StamfordLights Project to be Unveiled Tonight

The state-funded art installation involves the illumination of the Stamford Train Station with colorful LED lights which will be used to create artistic images on the side of the building.

The Stamford Train Station will be lit up in a whole new way starting at 8 p.m., Saturday, when the StamfordLights project is unveiled during a launch party.

The state-funded art installation — which in May was reportedly in jeopardy due to a lack of matching city funding — involves the illumination of the Stamford Train Station with colorful LED lights which will be used to create artistic images on the side of the building. The large scale art installation will be visible to motorists on I-95 and the City hopes it will help boost visitors.

“Studies have shown that outdoor art installations attract visitors, improve local business viability and public safety, and bring diverse people together," said Kip Bergstrom, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), in a release. "This project gives Stamford the ability to realize these goals and identifies the STC as a gateway to the creative community we are so proud of in Stamford, and in all of Connecticut.”

Stamford was reportedly one of seven cities to receive a City Canvas grant to produce the installation. The initiative, a project of Governor Dannel Malloy and the DECD of Connecticut, is designed to enhance public spaces through the commissioning of large-scale works of public art.

Mayor Michael Pavia is reportedly “throwing the switch” to illuminate the station during this evening's ceremony.

In addition the City has planned a series of events that began on Thursday, Sept. 20, leading up to the unveiling.

The following events are scheduled for today, Saturday, Sept. 22, and Sunday, Sept. 23:

9:00am - 2:00pm
Stamford’s West Side
Celebrate Life, VITA! Health Fair Yerwood Center
Organized by HACGS

10:00am - 3:00pm
Harvest Festival at Fairgate Farm
133 Stillwater Avenue

12:00pm – 8:30pm
Arts & Crafts on Bedford (Day 1)
Bedford Street (closed to traffic)
Stamford Downtown

11:00am – 4:00pm
Mill River Park presents
It’s My Park Day

12 noon - 6 p.m.
Waterside Diversity Fest 2012
John Boccuzzi Park
166 Southfield Avenue

4:00pm - 8:00pm

First Annual South End Block Party

8:00pm
StamfordLights Lighting Ceremony
North Entrance Stamford Transportation Center

Sunday, Sept. 23:

11:00am – 5pm
Arts & Crafts on Bedford (Day 2)

12:00pm – 3:00pm
East Side International Food Festival
Domus at 83 Lockwood Avenue

For more information check out the full event schedule here.

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