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McKinley Village Way Underpass - "LUMINOUS PASSAGE" by Michael Sestak


Typically, underpasses are of utilitarian design and construction, simply providing a practical way to move vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians beneath railroad tracks and roads. The McKinley Village Way underpass--the main entrance to McKinley Village and the connection between Sacramento’s newest urban neighborhood and the historic McKinley Park/ East Sacramento neighborhood--is more than just a functional passage way; it’s a dynamic urban connection that is starting point for the McKinley Village Art Walk.

The underpass has landscaped approaches and custom railings, but its most distinctive feature is its state-of-the-art LED light system. The underpass lighting system, "Luminous Passage",  was designed by Michael Sestak, who recently won the national Gold Award from the Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals for the project. Working with the McKinley Village development team, Sestak created a signature lighting effect which can cast variable color patterns on the ceiling while bathing the twelve underpass columns in light. The installation is fully programmable, providing the opportunity to change color and effects when desired, including for holidays and special occasions. See a video of the underpass lighting at night. 

 'Luminous Passage' by Michael Sestak. View at nighttime.


Michael Sestak began his career in the culinary arts with a specialization in imaginative pastry creations. In 2000, his lifelong fascination with light in its various forms compelled him to transition from pastry chef to residential and commercial lighting design. After acquiring his California Contractors C-10 license and developing his technical knowledge base through courses sponsored by SMUD and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, he opened his Sacramento-based business Sestak Lighting Design.