A deceptively simple intervention that turns the street into community theater.

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Since 2010 in fourteen cities across the world, a selection of sidewalks has been transformed into a impromptu stages by turning streetlights into theater spotlights. The result is an astonishing mix of reactions. The simple intervention replaces two streetlights with theater spotlights and instantly transforms the street into a stage and passers-by into performers, somewhere between spectacle and surveillance. This intentionally subtle alteration to street lighting suggests on one hand the latent potential of public realm as places of interaction and celebration and on the other hand offers an alternative approach to city’s lighting as more than securitarian.
  • Ongoing
  • Planner
  • Global
  • 1 City Block

Eldo Team

  • Principal: David Dowell, AIA (Kansas City location only)


  • Sans façon


  • 2011 AIA Kansas City Allied Arts Awards - Merit Award


Photography by

  • Mike Sinclair


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