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Lighting Research Center

Lighting Research Center to Examine Issues and Options in Lighting the Bennington Battle Monument

Troy, New York, September 23, 2002 - Representatives of the Lighting Research Center (LRC), part of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will attend a public forum in Bennington, Vermont to discuss issues surrounding the idea of lighting the Bennington Battle Monument. The forum will be held at 7:00pm on Wednesday, September 25, 2002 at the Bennington Fire Station. LRC Acting Director Russell Leslie will acquaint residents with the Lighting Research Center and will explain the LRC's role in exploring the issues involved in lighting the 306-foot Revolutionary War monument.

"What we want to do initially is to allow citizens to voice their opinions and ask questions," says Professor Leslie. Rather than take a position on the idea, the LRC will examine the social, political, economic, and technical issues surrounding any plan to light the monument. "We will listen to concerns and questions, then set about finding the answers," said Leslie, who is also a Bennington area architect. "We will study the idea and offer Bennington citizens the information they need to make an informed decision."

Two LRC graduate classes will be involved in the project. Professor Leslie's "Lighting Workshop" class will gather concerns and questions presented at Wednesday's meeting. The students will then study the issues raised and prepare a presentation to be made at a second forum, tentatively scheduled for November 20. Meanwhile, students in Professor Janet Lennox Moyer's advanced course in lighting design will develop one or more lighting designs to demonstrate what the monument would look like if it were illuminated. Professor Moyer is an internationally acclaimed lighting designer.

The LRC became involved in the project at the suggestion of Bennington Town Manager Stuart Hurd earlier this year. The LRC's involvement is designed to serve as an educational opportunity for its graduate students, and as a source of objective information for Bennington residents.

About the LRC

The Lighting Research Center (LRC), part of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is the world’s leading university-based research and education institution dedicated to lighting. Located at 21 Union Street in Troy, New York, the LRC employs an expert staff of nearly forty researchers, educators, designers, and scientists committed to “advancing the effective use of light and creating a legacy of positive change for society and the environment.” Visit LRC’s Web site at


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