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Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity

04/25/2008
Hudson Valley Community College Students Install Floating Docks at Lake House, Washington Park, Albany
Structures are part of "Night Fire," a first-time-ever Tulip Festival event

CONTACT: Eric Bryant or Paula Monaco (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, April 25, 2008

WHO/WHAT: Civil engineering technologies students from Hudson Valley Community College will install a floating dock and "lily pads" in Albany's Washington Park Lake to accommodate the flaming, 15-foot tulip sculpture that will open the city's 60th annual Tulip Festival on Friday, May 9.
WHEN:

Monday, April 28 – all day, rain or shine; students will begin work at 9 a.m. but better photo opportunities will be later in the day when the installation is well under way.

WHERE:

At the Lake House in Washington Park, Albany.

DETAILS:

Students enrolled in Hudson Valley Community College's civil engineering technology courses designed and built the hydraulic and drainage system for the floating dock to support the large tulip sculpture, and designed, fabricated and painted six lily pads that are part of a pyrotechnic ensemble that make up the "Night Fire" display.

The students' work included several weeks of metal cutting and forming to create the seven-foot diameter sculpture support plus each individual lily pad that – when lighted – will guide the way to the grand tulip finale. The students will test all structures in the water in a mockup of the actual event.

The "eco-friendly" exhibition (all components are recyclable) will feature Albany artist Steven Rolf Kroeger's 15-foot steel tulip within a burnable "cocoon" structure created by artist Torrance Fish of Johnstown. At sunset on May 9, the sculpture and lily pads will be set afloat on Washington Park Lake. A local string quartet will play music composed especially for the occasion as the cocoon slowly burns away to expose the tulip.