The arrival of warm weather has allowed for work to continue on Penobscot's iconic orb. Roughly half of the 128 glowing neon tubes have been dark for months, but a company called Green Light Detroit volunteered to conduct repairs pro bono. At 650' off the ground, the orb dates back to the building's opening in 1928 and requires a multitude of hard-to-find parts. If all goes well, the Free Press reports that the red orb could be aglow again by tonight. They also have a dizzying video of work underway this week, offering a preview of the views available if Penobscot's observation deck really ever does reopen.
· 650 feet up, volunteer to get Penobscot orb glowing again [Freep]
· Here's What it Takes to Repair Penobscot's Glowing Orb [Curbed]
· Penobscot Building Ponders Reopening Observation Deck [Curbed]