|After a 2011 earthquake damaged the Washington Monument, scaffolding was erected. On July 8, 2013, the scaffolding was illuminated.|
This might be a good idea for a longer period of time:
The Washington Monument may look beleaguered, encrusted by 500 tons of scaffolding, but Monday night [July 8], America’s great obelisk got a new boost of energy.The National Mall frequently undergoes changes. Museums are added, landscaping is done. No longer is there much room for additional structures.
Electrical energy that lit 488 lamps.
Although still damaged from the earthquake two years ago, the 555-foot tall monument again glowed in the Washington night.
The lighting is no one-time affair. Sensors will switch on the illumination each night until the scaffolding is removed late this year or next.
...The lighting design, based on architect Michael Graves’s scheme used between 1998 and 2000 during an earlier restoration, mimics the landmark’s stone pattern but in an exaggerated way.
The monument has been closed to visitors since the 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck the East Coast on Aug. 23, 2011, cracking many parts of the structure....
Many are advocating permanent illumination of the obelisk. Your opinion?