Over the course of the past two years, the decorative illumination at the crown of One Liberty Place at 1650 Market Street in Center City has been under renovation, as it is being upgraded with powerful lights that can be animated into various schemes and colors. Designed by Helmut Jahn of Murphy/Jahn and developed by Rouse and Associates (later known as the Liberty Property Trust), the tower was completed in 1987 and stands 945 feet and 61 stories tall. The contractor for the illumination upgrade is The Lighting Practice, which has also decorated the W/Element Hotel. The new lighting system is integrated with the My Liberty Lights program, which allows certain users to change the exterior lights atop the building once per day for a duration of five minutes.
At the end of last year and in the beginning of this year, new lights were being installed along the sharp edges of the angled crown. In April, the lights were seen on for the first time as part of testing underway for the display. Citizens of the city and people gazing at the skyline caught rare glimpses of the tower lights.
My Liberty Lights has started on August 20th, and the One Liberty Place Instagram page announced the selected winners, which included Thomas Koloski, the author of, and photographer within, the article at hand. The My Liberty Lights app offers multiple options, with the colors white, pink, orange, yellow, lavender, red, gold, green, teal, blue, purple, and magenta, and the ability to be animated in a solid, wavy, zipping, and cascading effects. There is also lighting themes available, which includes the American flag, Philadelphia, liberty, candy cane, Phillies, 76ers, Eagles, Flyers, rainbow, disco, groovy, and wavy.