The people of Osijek had waited for months to hear the good news that they had achieved the goal of collecting bottle caps from Coca-Cola bottles. The lights were turned on this past Monday with much fan fair and anticipated excitement. Along the river banks of the river Drava, people gathered to watch the light display of the Bridge being lit up in a ray of different colours. With the pedestrian bridge in Osijek getting its lights finally turned on glowing in the dark was quite the spectacular sight to see. The evening was full of life as the youth festival wrapped up with a 10k run with all the donations going to charity. But that is not all that happened that night, with a free concert from Croatian super star musician Gibonni.
Around 5:30 pm along the river Drava one could hear the base of the pre-show happening with a giant Jumbo Screen playing videos. With the crowds gathering along the promenade to take in this incredible event. The Mayor of Osijek was on scene to honour this incredible evening for the citizens of Osijek and surrounding communities.
"We have shown how much we care about our city, which makes me particularly happy and proud. I thank Coca-Cola, who recognised Osijek and has chosen our Pedestrian Bridge for this initiative. The pedestrian bridge is part of the life of all citizens of Osijek. Along with us are many memories and important life moments. I'm sure the new lights will be even more. I hope not only for us but for as many guests as we want to draw in Osijek and Slavonia, "Vrkić said.( ii Translations from Croatian to English)
Six hundred runners participated in the 10 km long race, which symbolically began and ended on the illuminated pedestrian bridge.
One of the highlights was having around 600 runners that evening participating in part of the lighting of the illuminated pedestrian bridge. It was the perfect evening for the run as the day had reached the extreme high that felt more like plus 40 Celsius. This was the first time for the runners to be able to run across the bridge while illuminated connecting them to opposite bank of the river Drava. The 10k Night race was the first for Osijek with many runners having small flashlights. The entry was free with a voluntary contribution of donating 20 kuna’s for Charity purposes. (i)
“The LED lights will be able to pay tribute to the many special events throughout the year.”
The project “Illuminate the Bridge”( “Osvijetlimo Nas Most”) was launched in December of 2016. The design has taken a lot of work and not to mention the many cables needed to run the distance of the bridge with 210 meters of cable, and the height of the bridge at 35 meters. All of these cables needed to have control over the lighting fixtures.(220 lighting fixtures) With many more elements brought together, such as power supply and lighting control cable switches just to name a few things that make this project very dynamic.
“It would seem strange now not to have the bridge illuminated as this week marked the new beginning. “