Prince Edward Viaduct

Prince Edward Viaduct / Toronto / Canada STR9® RGB & PDB-INF-6000

The city has to be beautiful. Every building and every piece of landscaping should add to the city, like this one.
— Dereck Revington

The Prince Edward Viaduct, also known as the Bloor Viaduct is the longest bridge in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, connecting Bloor Street with Danforth Avenue over Don Valley. It was built in 1918, and it contributed to more rapid development in the eastern part of the city. The suicide prevention construction called “Luminous Veil” was installed in 2003 and it consists of over 9,000 steel rods, that are now illuminated by 600 STR9® RGB fixtures. To ensure a problem-free operation, INFINITY® technology with the all new PDB-INF-6000 was the right choice, given the 494 meter length of the bridge.

The unique feature of  the Prince Edward Viaduct is that the lights will be on 24 hours a day, 360 days a year and they will change colors and effects depending on the wind speed, direction as well as season. This makes PEV the only bridge of its kind in the world.

The Lights on the bridge were officially turned on at the celebratory event on the fourth of July and you can find more details about it in a separate article in the News & Events section.

Client: City of Toronto
Artist: Dereck Revington, Dereck Revington Studio
Lighting Design: Joe Berardi, Paul Boken & Alan McIntosh, Mulvey & Banani
Electrical installation: Guild Electric
Controls: Westbury National

Media Coverage:
CTV News – Bloor Viaduct’s ‘Luminous Veil’ to light up night sky
Toronto Star – Historic Bloor viaduct gets the grand reveal July 4
CP 24 – ‘Luminous Veil’ lights up Bloor Viaduct ahead of Pan Am Games
CBC – Bloor Viaduct ‘Luminous Veil’ to light up Saturday night
blogTO – Bloor Viaduct finally lights up the night
Toronto SUN – Luminous unveiling planned for Saturday at the Bloor viaduct
The SOUTH BAYVIEW BULLDOG – “Luminous Veil” transforms Bloor Viaduct into light show

In addition to the local new outlets, LD+A, the magazine of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America also published a comprehensive article about the project in its March 2016 issue called “A Sonata of Light“.

Prince Edward Viaduct was last modified: September 9th, 2019 by GVA Lighting