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Santa Monica’s new Ferris wheel

A ray of sunshine illuminates the new Ferris wheel at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier as panels of energy-efficient LED lights are installed on the attraction. The previous wheel was sold on Ebay and disassembled earlier this month. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
The new wheel will radiate with 160,000 LED lights, providing 75% greater energy savings than the previously used incandescent bulbs. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
The last of the gondola cars are moved off a truck and will be assembled on the new ride. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
His job is almost done. A worker waits for a forklift to bring over one of the final gondolas to be mounted on the wheel. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Craig Brayman, left, and Jimmy Quaintance, with two other workers behind them, put the finishing touches on the last gondola. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
The Ferris wheel is almost ready for a spin as technician Dan Light uses a rubber mallet to secure a gondola. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
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