Park service to light Washington Monument during restoration

WASHINGTON - While the Washington Monument's earthquake damage is being repaired over the next year, 488 lamps will restore the marble tower's glow each night on the National Mall.

Beginning Monday, the National Park Service will light the monument each night at dusk. A ceremony is planned Monday evening for the first lighting with National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis and philanthropist David Rubenstein, who donated $7.5 million to help pay for the repairs.

A blue, semi-transparent fabric is wrapped around the monument as it undergoes extensive repairs from its 2011 earthquake damage. It will be lit from behind.

Architect Michael Graves designed a scrim to decorate the monument when it was last restored, between 1998 and 2000. The same design was used this time.

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