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Energy (September 21–25, 2005)

Josh von Staudach

Waste Combustion Power Plant

Carlton SooHoo, Ph.D.

Kenmore Square and Citgo Sign

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

September 22, 2005, 18:30 (6:30 PM), GMT -05:00

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Adapted from iboston.org: "Where is Kenmore Square?" The easiest answer would be "Follow the Citgo Sign." Like the proverbial Holy Grail illuminating the sky in a Monty Python film, the Citgo Sign is a beacon to those seeking Fenway Park or Kenmore Square. Obvious during the day, it is even more brilliant at night with the computer-controlled neon icon of the fens area is lit from dusk until midnight by more than five miles of neon tubing.

The sign was originally built in 1940, and the neon was added in 1965. It is one of the largest signs in New England. The double-faced symbol measures 60 feet by 60 feet -- as big as an Olympic-sized pool.

It has withstood the test of five hurricanes, but almost lost its perch in 1983 when Citgo decided to dismantle it. Thanks to group of concerned citizens who petitioned the Boston Landmarks Commission, the sign was saved. Although the sign was not officially designated as a "landmark," the outcry to save it motivated CITGO to refurbish it. On August 10th, 1983, the sign once more signaled to the world this is Boston. This is Kenmore Square. This is visible on TV when someone hits a baseball home run over the left field wall at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.

Citgo is a Petroleum Corporation, see relevants links below. Also visible are the skyscraping towers of Boston, the John Hancock and Prudential towers, the Buckminster hotel, and the New England School of Photography.


See the Citgo sign lights blinking and download a screensaver. http://www.iboston.org/mcp.php?pid=citgoSign

Citgo Petroleum Corporation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citgo

Boston Red Sox baseball team: http://redsox.com

New England School of Photography: http://www.nesop.com/

Boston Hotel Buckminster: http://www.bostonhotelbuckminster.com/

Wikipedia Kenmore Square: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenmore_Square

Kenmore Square public transportation stop: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenmore_%28MBTA_station%29

Wikipedia Prudential Tower:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prudential_Center_%28Boston%29

Wikipedia John Hancock Tower: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Hancock_Tower

Panospin Studios http://panospin.com

Equipment

Nikon D70, Sigma 8 mm fisheye, Agno's MRotatorTCPShort, manfrotto tripod, Easypano's Panoweaver 4.0, Adobe Photoshop CS2, and lot's of patience and luck. We used f/8, 1/2 second, ISO 200, with 1.3 ev bracketing and subsequent exposure blending.

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