Miami, Dec. 19 The Festival of Lights (Hanukkah), a Jewish holiday that coincides with Christian Christmas, is shining bright in Miami this year thanks to a digital animation made of LED lights that display the city’s building as a screen. uses in
During the eight nights of the Jewish Festival of Lights (December 17-20 this year), the 60-story Paramount Miami Worldcenter tower is illuminated every morning from before sunrise and from sunset until midnight.
The animation, which shows traditional figures such as menorahs, as Jewish candelabras are called, stars of David or dreidels, spinning tops of children’s games, as well as the phrase “Happy Hanukkah” in English, is the work of Gavin Cooper, firm LED Smith , Responsible for Inc. From West Palm Beach, Florida.
Cooper used the $3 million Color Kinetics animation system to create the animation using 16,000 LEDs (light-emitting diodes) embedded in 10,000 high-impact glass panels.
“The world’s tallest electronic menorah is a shining beacon of celebration,” says Daniel Kodasi, chief executive of real estate firm Royal Palm Companies, developer of the Paramount Miami Worldcenter project.
“The menorah symbolizes the victory of light over darkness and is a symbol of truth and justice and faith in a higher being. It is also a shining sign of solidarity with all the oppressed people of the world,” he said.
According to the American Jewish Federation, approximately 7.5 million Jews are residents or citizens of the United States.
The state of Florida is home to more than 620,000 Jews, of whom more than 520,000 live in Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach (Southeast) counties.
Most of South Florida’s Jews are Ashkenazi of Eastern European, Polish, and Russian descent, but there are also immigrants from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Israel, Mexico, and Peru.
Jews around the world light Hanukkah candles to celebrate an event that occurred around 200 BCE, when the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, once held by the Seleucid Empire, was retaken by the Maccabees.
Tradition says that the Jews cleaned and restored the Temple, but had only a small jar of oil to light the menorah for one night, though it continued to burn for eight nights.
The menorah is a nine-branched chandelier with nine candles: eight for each night of Hanukkah and one to light the rest.