KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The iconic Sunsphere in Knoxville was lit red, white and blue for the city’s Festival on the Fourth celebration and the city’s 225th anniversary.
The base of the landmark will be lit at a ceremony Monday night and it will remain illuminated through the evening of July 4. Because of the Sunsphere’s popularity, the city’s Special Events Department, in collaboration with sponsor Lloyd’s Electric Service, chose to celebrate the two events with the special one-time lighting.
At a cost of less than $5,000, Illuminating Design Inc. of Atlanta will temporarily install LED lights that have been used by Disney, Space X, the U.S. Air Force and the NFL.
The lighting could become a permanent thing if Visit Knoxville is able to secure tourism grants to provide the permanent infrastructure to light the Sunsphere as a marketing tool to draw visitors and events to the city.