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Duke Energy’s Quadrille Receives a Facelift Jan. 19, 2011

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The sculpture in lights that has adorned the Stonewall Street side of Duke Energy’s building at 526 South Church St. will undergo a high-tech facelift.

Known as the “Quadrille,” the 40-foot square artwork designed by artist Michael Hayden has been dazzling passersby with its frenetic light display since 1996.

However, the sculpture has been dark since August as time, weather and birds have damaged the neon lights and wiring.

Rather than investing money to maintain the aging structure, the company has decided to give it a high-tech overhaul, including upgrading the wiring and replacing the glass neon tubes with energy efficient light emitting diodes (LEDs). The LED tubing has a plastic coating that better protects the artwork from inclement weather and pecking birds, which were responsible for much of the damage to the neon tubes.

Cost of the renovation will be borne by shareholders.

The project, which is scheduled to begin next week, is expected to take approximately a month, depending on the weather. It will considerably reduce the long term maintenance costs while reducing energy usage.

"We have worked closely with the artist and the Arts & Science Council to upgrade this amazing piece of art,” said Dennis Wood, Duke Energy vice president of real estate services. “We are bringing it into the 21st century while keeping the integrity of the original work intact.”

"Michael Hayden's spectacular neon artwork has captivated viewers for nearly 15 years,” said Jean Greer, coordinator, Public Art Program, ASC. “The Arts & Science Council is gratified that Duke values the artwork as a landmark entry piece to the Center City and is preserving it using new technology."

Signage Industries of Archdale, N.C., which installed the original Quadrille, is performing the renovations.

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