January 21, 2013 — Sage Scott
Another Perspective on the Plaza Lights
Have you heard the expression, “down but not out”? I kept thinking of that expression as I walked around the Plaza on an unseasonably warm, sunny day this weekend and turning it around to “out, but not down.”
The Plaza Lights were turned off for the season on January 15th, but are still hanging from the buildings on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City. Every light comes down each year by April and is individually tested and inspected for damage. Installing the lights for the next holiday season begins in August, and the lights are on display from Thanksgiving through January 15th every year.
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Do they put the lights up differently each year ? I was wondering why they don’t just leave them up instead of taking them all down for just four months ?
They put them up in exactly the same order and place year-after-year. In fact, I was reading about a special system the engineers use to keep track of which string goes with each section of each building. Amazing! I think the key reason they take them down for those four months each year is to ensure that the bulbs work flawlessly when they are back up and running for the next holiday season.
It must have been fun getting this perspective.
Oh, the shot/perspective makes me look way cooler than I actually am. Nearly every parking garage at the Plaza has an open, rooftop level. My wee one always wants to go all the way up to the very top so she can walk down all the stairs to the street level. I took this from one of the open stairwells. 🙂
AAHH that view is scary! HAHA! But a really great shot 🙂
I love these lights…
Thanks! They are one of the most charming parts of Kansas City.