The Christmas tree light display usually perched atop the U.S. Bank building during the holiday season won’t make an appearance this year.
But the tree of lights, which stretches 86 feet from the rooftop to its glowing star, will return next year, said Laura McIver, administrative director for the building’s owner, Gardner Co. A crane used for construction of neighboring City Center Plaza needed room to operate where the display would stand, she said.
Gardner received several inquiries about the display’s absence, McIver said. The Statesman also received an inquiry.
“I’m not a Boise native, and I had no idea how much the Christmas tree means to everyone,” McIver said.
The display is made of about 3,300 LED light bulbs attached to 140 different wire cables, she said. A four-man crew typically spends six hours assembling the display, starting from the top and connecting strands from the top of a hydraulic boom through the rings that make up the body of the tree.
The boom and tree frame were built by Yanke Machine Shop in Boise. It first appeared on the cityscape in 1992 or 1993, McIver said.
The tree was included in the sale when Gardner bought the 267-foot building from Seattle-based Unico Properties in 2013, McIver said.
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