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Holiday light show set to illuminate Boston

Display centers on Boston Public Library’s main branch

The Mayor’s Celebration of Lights, Lights of Boston, depicted in this artist’s rendering, is slated Dec. 17-20.
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The Mayor’s Celebration of Lights, Lights of Boston, depicted in this artist’s rendering, is slated Dec. 17-20.

A burst of lights will bathe the aging facade of the Boston Public Library’s central branch. Fireworks will explode in blue, purple, and pink. And a section of the city’s main library will radiate in gold.

The display will be featured in the Mayor’s Celebration of Lights, Lights of Boston, from Dec. 17 through 20.

“It’s going to be an innovative and festive display,’’ Mayor Martin J. Walsh said, as he stood outside the library Monday.

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The Mayor’s Celebration of Lights aims to put a new twist on classic Boston, by using lights and music to tell a story, said Lyn LaFontaine Burke, cofounder of luminARTZ, a nonprofit that celebrates the histories of cities and towns.

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The light show aims to transform the Dartmouth Street side of the central branch library with 3-D projections, sharing a message of hope, peace, and unity. Scenes will include an image from the “Nutcracker” and images of the library’s architecture.

The show will be presented by luminARTZ, and artist Anthony Bastic will produce it. Bastic also produced the Vivid Sydney Light Walk and Lights of Christmas projections in Australia.

Boston’s light show comes amid a United Nations proclamation declaring 2015 the International Year of Light. The UN is emphasizing the critical role light plays in people’s daily lives and the impact it has on the cutting edge of modern day science.

Meghan E. Irons can be reached at meghan.irons@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @MeghanIrons.