On Monday night, as I was driving west through Columbus on I-670, I noticed that the lights from the crown of the LeVeque Tower were reflecting off the side of the Huntington Bank tower.
I thought it would make for an interesting photo, so I pulled off the highway and found a spot to capture the image. (If you drove by Fourth Street and Mount Vernon Avenue around midnight that night and saw a guy clinging to a light pole, that was me.)
I didn’t think the quality of the photo was that good, but I saved it anyway. And I’m glad I did.
The very next night, as I drove through again after work, I noticed the LeVeque was bright pink. That pink also was reflecting off the Huntington building.
I drove back to Fourth and Mount Vernon, got back on the base of the metal light pole and took another photo. Again, the quality didn’t wow me, but I was able to put together a PicStitch that is greater than the sum of its parts.
I called the LeVeque Tower office today and got a little more information about the pink lighting. As I suspected, the pink is meant to bring awareness to breast cancer. The lighting was changed Tuesday in the lead-up to the local Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. It will remain pink through race day, May 19.
The LeVeque Tower management hires a contractor to install colored plastic sheeting over the halide lights on the tower’s crown. So when the tower goes back to its usual bright gold lighting, it will be just a matter of removing the sheets as opposed to changing bulbs.
The next planned color change will be this summer, when the tower is lit up in red, white and blue for the Fourth of July.