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The illumination of the Exposition is radical, during and in every sense new. Although marvelously spectacular, as a whole, each feature is in itself practical for universal use. The illumination, therefore, represents a new epoch in the art of illumination created by masters of the science of lighting.

At the very inception of the Exposition idea the General Electric Company was called into consultation, and Mr. W. D'A. Ryan, the Company's Illuminating Engineer, was commissioned, at the request of the Exposition Officials, to create a new form of Exposition lighting.

In the laboratory Mr. Ryan pictured the glory of the "Tower of Jewels" before the foundations of this master creation had been laid down.

He caught the glowing flood of light which was to reveal the Exposition architecture and its marvelous coloring as in daylight.

All forms of electric illumination were selected to accomplish these master ideas. Huge batteries of searchlights, powerful arc lamps, and thousands upon thousands of Mazda lamps everywhere contributed their light though hidden from view.

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