A Bright Idea for the USS Alabama

A Bright Idea for the USS Alabama

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MOBILE, Ala. -

During the day the USS Alabama is a tourist attraction, drawing up to 300 thousand people every year.

But when the sun sets on the "Mighty A", and the landmarks closes for the day, if a french artist gets his way, this ship won't just fade into the night. But, it will be illuminated, by colorful moving light that's projected onto the ship.

Xavier de Richemont presented his idea to the Mobile County and City leaders this morning.

"Nobody, I think from my point of view, thought about painting a war ship in pink. This is very respectful. It's not making fun of the battleship. It's saying that it can become something else during the night. It's a symbol. It should be lit in the night as a peaceful joyful object," said Richemont.

The colorful flowers represent azaleas. Richemont also says no harm will be done to the ship since the lights are just reflected off the surface, but setting those lights up could be a pretty major task.

"It's very innovative and something that would be vastly different for Mobile, but the federal highway administration will have deals into interstate 10 and will have some input of something of this magnitude," said Bill Tunnel, Executive Director of Battleship Park.

Another concern would be the price. Because this is merely a presentation, an exact amount has not been given, but Richemont does predict the cost will be in the millions. His current project, illuminating the Mayan pyramids in Mexico, cost around 5 million dollars.

I took the idea to a parent chaperoning her child on a field trip at the battleship.

"I think its an excellent idea. When they put the lights on there. I think it will attract people like it use to when I was younger," said Elaine Sewell.

"Having it illuminated like that will make it a work of art," said Nick Rylands.

Tunnel says it's a dynamic presentation, but no formal proposal has been presented to the Battleship Commission, so right now it's too early to tell how they plan on moving forward.

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