UC Orange Lights Go on Sale for United Way

The iconic orange lights that illuminated the University Centre food court for more than 35 years will be sold by auction to benefit U of G’s United Way fundraising campaign.

A live auction on Saturday, Nov. 24, will feature 75 of the pendant-style ceiling lights. Viewing begins at 5 p.m. during a retro–themed reception at the Brass Taps featuring 1970s music, cocktails and menu. The auction begins at 7 p.m. in the UC Courtyard with auctioneer David Moore, a 1983 agriculture grad and owner of David Moore & Associates Auctions/Appraisals in Guelph.

For nostalgia buffs: “Meet you under the orange lights” became part of campus vernacular soon after the University Centre was opened in fall 1974. The Nord-Lite ceiling fixtures were designed by Sven Middelboe and produced by Audiola for Danish lighting company Nordisk Solar Compagni. They were replaced with more energy-efficient lighting this summer.

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