Environmentally friendly lighting will help enhance the redesign of Queen Anne Square and "The Meeting Room" installation by Maya Lin.
The Doris Duke Monument Foundation (DDMF) has commissioned Maya Lin, the internationally renowned artist and architect, to create an installation at Queen Anne Square in Newport, Rhode Island. The project has a dual purpose: to honor the legacy of Doris Duke, heiress and philanthropist who championed Newport’s historic preservation and left an enduring legacy of historic architecture; and as a tribute to the effect of historic preservation as a catalyst for community revitalization.
The project, titled The Meeting Room, will honor the preservation work of Doris Duke, who created the Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF) in 1968 to preserve the city’s 18th century buildings. Funded through private donations, the revitalized park is a gift to the city of Newport. In addition to gifting the redesign of the park, the DDMF has provided an endowment for its ongoing maintenance.
The Meeting Room’s design focuses on reassembling stone foundations that form outdoor rooms representing the scale of and type of materials used in Newport’s historic buildings. The stones for the project are reclaimed from local historic houses that have been re-sited and placed on new foundations. An exciting feature of the project will be a water table by Maya Lin. There will be new tree plantings, which will offer a balance of light and shade. The height of the trees is designed to allow a view across the park, and crucially, of historic Trinity Church, a city landmark which sits at the top of the park. In addition the park’s design will include new LED lighting technology, like that recently installed in New York City’s famed Central Park.
The goal of the Kickstarter campaign is to support the installation of environmentally-friendly LED lighting.While lighting has always been an imperative for the redesign, the DDMF researched and selected LED lighting which would reduce energy usage by 78 percent.The new fixtures would provide appropriate lighting along pathways in the park where there is currently none, yet will not overwhelm the space. In addition, the lamp posts are designed to complement the historic lamp posts found throughout the neighborhood.
The LED lighting is a first for the City of Newport, providing a new aesthetic and environmental standard.
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Construction of the park and installation began in the Fall of 2012. A mild winter has allowed for steady progress. Severe weather -- snow, rain, etc. -- can directly impact a construction schedule. However, the contractors have factored the potential for such delays into the plan should they occur.
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