Union Station debuts new lighting technology

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KANSAS CITY, Mo (KCTV) — It’s nothing new to say Union Station puts on quite a light show, like when the Chiefs win a big game or honor a deceased Kansas City legend, but the new show of Saturday light features brand new technology.

Union Station CEO George Guastello said the new lighting technology on Union Station’s exterior wall and in the Henry Wollman Bloch Fountain reaches a whole new level of performance.

“It just gives a chance to really be the visual voice of Kansas City,” he said.

They spent nearly $200,000 from the station’s savings to buy 1,000 cables and 50 instruments to synchronize the light show. New lime diode technology uses less power while illuminating brighter, crisper colors and transitions.

“Tonight is just going to be just a little taste of what it can do,” he said. “If you can imagine it’s going to be like taking the Bellagio and the Empire State Building and putting them together in one place in the Midwest and that’s what’s going to happen.”

They worked for two years on this synchronized lighting project and now it is being unveiled in commemoration of what would be Henry Bloch’s 100th birthday.

Union Station is synonymous with KC, and Guastello said that will be on full display when the NFL Draft comes to town next year.

“We were told last year’s NFL Draft drew nearly 50 million people. Union Station is in Kansas City, so when something good happens and we’re in the newspaper of n’ anywhere in the world, it is our monument,” he said.

They strive to connect music to lights to enhance their shows. He did not give a timeframe but said it will come later.


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