The Tennessee Aquarium is a landmark in our city and started the revitalization of downtown when it was built in 1992. The exterior lights change on a regular basis and here’s the story behind why they do.
The lights are actually run by a computerized system that requires a bit of programming. Back in 2012, the aquarium switched from the cathode-ray tubes that were formerly strung along the building’s peaks — and only stayed white — to an LED system that allowed for different colors + greater energy efficiency.
The Aquarium’s LED lights actually allow for practically any color imaginable, but they often stick to bolder, brighter ones that show up well + look best at night.
The lights are often changed to celebrate holidays (like Valentine’s Day), commemorate events (such as the anniversary of the Fallen Five), or support community-wide efforts (like Breast Cancer Awareness month). Here are some colors to look out for atop the peaks:
When The Aquarium isn’t celebrating or commemorating a particular day, the lights shine their standard “Aquarium Blue” that we all know + love.
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