Alabama News Center covered the commissioning of the new LED lighting system for Vulcan statue, and light show TactMan created for Vulcan Park’s Fourth of July “Thunder on the Mountain” fireworks show in this article from 2018. Here are some highlights:
Lighting designer Marc Brickman, whose projects include the 2012 re-lighting of the Empire State Building in New York City, worked on putting Vulcan in the spotlight.
“Being LED, the lighting will be more intense, and Vulcan will be a little bit more prominent in the skyline,” said Darlene Negrotto, Vulcan Park and Museum CEO and president.
“The new lighting effects will be part of the show … The lights will reflect some of the colorations of the fireworks and pyrotechnics,” Negrotto said. “But after the fireworks finale, there will be a light show to a specific song. We want people to be sure to stay tuned for that. It’s going to be a great show, better than ever before.”
The surprise song was, of course, Sweet Home Alabama. This light-to-music show plays on a regular schedule, along with Tuxedo Junction, every weekend. The lighting schedule for the statute is set from TactMan’s proprietary lighting scheduler, making it easy for the Vulcan Park & Museum staff to schedule and coordinate shows for special events.