Sunday, November 10, 2013

Decorating the Tree

Waiting between buses to go swimming, I found the volunteers from 
the local chapter of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 
had begun their annual task of hanging the long, heavy strands
of lights that make up the World's Tallest Christmas Tree.

Since 1962, the Circle has been decorated  for the Circle of Lights, 
with the Monument lighted in a ceremony that 
takes place the day after Thanksgiving. Up to a quarter million 
people come downtown to attend the event,
which is also televised to an even larger audience.

There are a total of fifty-two strands, using 4,784 LED lights. 
While all the bulbs are checked before being brought to the Circle, 
they are re-checked just before a pulley tows each strand 
up to a permanent attaching point over 200 feet above.

Above is a picture from last year,
just after the Monument's lights were turned on.


dive said...

Yay! That must be a truly satisfying job.

Lynette said...

Wow! This is so neat. I'm very glad that you got these photos for us and that you've explained it so well. Wow!

William Kendall said...

From what you're describing, I can see that it'll be a lot of work!

f1f368ee-9cda-11e0-87da-000bcdcb471e said...

The tree lighting can be seen from a live camera (20 second refresh) at http:// blogs.indystar .com/falconblog/ (just copy, paste, and remove the spaces before trying to go there - the cameras are on the right side of the page)