O,R&L Facility Services’ Doris Wasson Illuminates the “Tower of Light” in Orlando

Photo: From left to right – Thomas Chatmon, Downtown Development Board,
Doris Wasson, Mya Hatchette, 2013 CREW Orlando President, Commissioner Jim Grey - District 1, Commissioner Patty Sheehan - District 4, Former Orlando Mayor Bill Frederick, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Commissioner Robert Stuart - District 3 and Commissioner Tony Ortiz - District 2

O,R&L Facility Services’ Doris Wasson, (pictured second from the left) the company’s Property Manager for the Orlando City Hall and Project Manager for the “Tower of Light” restoration had the honor of activating the wireless controller on November 12, 2013 to illuminate the sculpture for the first time since 1994.

Wasson and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer were joined by a dozen city leaders and more than 100 members of the community during the “Tower of Light” sculpture’s illumination ceremony.  The 63-foot glass and steel spire received a makeover including 650 watts of programmable LEDS with full color spectrum, data cabling and a wireless controller.

The “Tower of Light,” by artist Ed Carpenter, was commissioned and installed in 1992 under the leadership of Mayor Bill Frederick. The original halogen lighting failed in 1994. Many attempts at finding a relighting project were discussed in the interim but none cam e to fruition. In fact, due to the lack of funding, especially during the economic downturn, there was little to no maintenance at all performed to the sculpture or base. Knowing that the City’s See Art Orlando project was slated for debut in late 2013, the Orlando chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) pledged to raise a minimum of $50,000 to clean and light the sculpture and rework the basin.

"CREW Orlando and the vendor partners are thrilled with the end result and are grateful to have been trusted with the task of restoring The City Beautiful’s ‘Tower of Light,’” said Doris Wasson.

“O,R&L Facility Services was so pleased to be a part of this exciting public sculpture community project,” said Bob Owens, President /CEO of O,R&L Facility Services.

“Our firm served as the ‘Tower of Light’ project manager, and I can say the response from corporate and individual sponsors has been overwhelming. My staff raised more than $20,000 in cash and in-kind donations, and we found that the community really believes Orlando is a world class City and deserves world class art.”

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