Lights! Families! Oakland! 

Living Lights Interactive Light Installations in Oakland!

Pittsburgh, PA – From the corner of Craft Avenue to Halket Street at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, the gateway to Oakland’s vibrant commercial district has been transformed into Living Lights, the Oakland Business Improvement District’s next installment of the Lights! Families! Oakland! series. 

Living Lights” is a uniquely creative installation wherein the trees that line Forbes Avenue along Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC are illuminated with sound responsive lights and custom curated patterns by local artist ProjectileObjects.

“UPMC is excited to be both a partner and the host of this interactive and innovative art installation and I am extremely proud to be a part of the team bringing these installations and exhibits to Oakland” says John Krolicki, Chair of the Innovation Oakland Project Committee and Vice President of Facilities and Support Services at UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside and UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. 

“Living Lights is a visual bridge into Oakland. It is currently set to run 15 sound responsive patterns to complement your drive or walk along Forbes Avenue” says Cornelius Henke of ProjectileObjects. “Living Lights makes use of sound reactive visuals, real-time weather data, and custom patterns to compliment changes throughout the season. The patterns and lights will be continuously updated until the lights come down in March.”

Using network capabilities, all eighteen trees along Forbes Avenue are connected in order to create a larger, more engaging experience. 

“Light is a profound element in our lives and it is incredible to think about the effect it can have on people’s perceived experience in a given space. Interacting with light and seeing real-time immediate effects on the visual stimuli is captivating” said Cate Irvin, OBID Manager of Placemaking and Activation. “2021 was inundated by screens and we are looking for ways to bring new vibrancy to public spaces. Interactive art in public spaces nurtures active engagement between people and the space in which they live, work, and play.” 

The art installation was produced by Cornelius Henke of ProjectileObjects and installed with the assistance of Terence Lee Valencheck, James Madison, Foreman of Grounds, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, and Philip Jandrokovic, Groundskeeper, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. The installation will change regularly, so keep an eye out for the illuminated display from December 2021 until March 2022. 

Lights! Families! Oakland! Was made possible through the generous support of UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh. 

“OBID works to ensure Oakland’s place as Pennsylvania’s global center and we are excited to unveil this innovative public space activation series” stated Georgia Petropoulos, Executive Director. “Public Space experience is a priority of our organization, and we strive to create vibrant places that positively benefit the community and that are safe, accessible and designed to be enjoyed by all.”For more information and to stay up-to-date on our exciting installations, please visit:


Cornelius Henke, Artist, ProjectileObjects

Terence Lee Valencheck, Installation Technician

Elise M. Fanto, LED Assembly Technician

James Madison, Foreman of Grounds, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC

Philip Jandrokovic, Groundskeeper, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC

Project update. The “Living Lights” are moving to a new location. Here’s video from the last two weeks before they were removed.



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