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Couple Helps Create Light Show For Independence Eve

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The lights at the City County Building will light up for Independence Eve on July 3. (credit: CBS)

The lights at the City County Building will light up for Independence Eve on July 3. (credit: CBS)

DENVER (CBS4)- Deep beneath the Denver City County Building you’ll find Denver’s famous Christmas lights and something a little more seasonal.

That’s because those lights aren’t always red and green. Blazen Illuminations, a husband and wife company, maintains the lights and when summer comes around, they’re in charge of converting those lights in preparation for the years Independence Eve celebration.

“Fixtures that are now set for red and green are changed to red, white and blue,” said Blazen Illuminations owner Nate Webb.

It’s a big job, but the couple believes their work is essential in setting the mood for the entire show. With the massive scale of the lights it’s impossible for their work to go unnoticed.

“It’s most important to us that we give the right color schemes, the right feel, the atmosphere and ambiance for the music that’s going on,” said Blazen Illuminations owner Heidi Webb. “It’s a full city block and it is the biggest part of the backdrop for the orchestra until the fireworks.”

For the Webbs the feeling of accomplishment they get from the audience when they create an enjoyable light show makes programming every fixture and every cue worth it. And there’s a lot of fixtures and cues.

“On average we see somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 or so but there are over 600 fixtures and each one we program individually so were going to set the color for each windows and each column and each stair,” said Nate.

SECTION: Independence Eve

The couple also takes pride in being able to honor their country through their lighting work. With the unique construction materials of the City ad County building, they were able to keep the lighting simple and still represent their country.

“The fact that the stonework was chosen for its reflective light properties, I think its easier in one way because you keep it simple and you honor it with the colors of our country,” said Heidi.

The color and emotional draw are among the some of the reasons the Webbs love working with lighting but the connection their art can make with the audience is their ultimate goal.

“I think the best part of the show for me is the ultimate satisfaction when you see the crowds light up,” said Heidi.

On Wednesday Jul 3, 2013 don’t miss Independence Eve presented by Anadarko, a free Colorado Symphony concert, light show and fireworks display on Wednesday, July 3, 2013, in Denver’s Civic Center Park (Colfax & Broadway) beginning at 8 p.m.

- By Brett Bloethner for CBSDenver.com

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