Laser Light Show To Inaugurate The Shard

What could possibly go wrong?

External completion of Western Europe’s tallest building will be officially celebrated on 5 July, and with quite a light show. Make sure you can see the Shard at 10.15pm, when 12 lasers and 30 searchlights will illuminate the landmark. The spectacle will be streamed live via the Shard’s website and Facebook page for those who aren’t in town.

In what could be interpreted as either a show of supremacy or fraternalism, the 309-metre-tall building will send out coloured lasers to 15 of London’s less lofty landmarks, including the Gherkin, London Eye and Tower Bridge. The effulgent extravaganza will be soundtracked by Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man and the Finale from Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, performed live by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Tickets to ascend the tower will go on sale the following day, although the viewing platform won’t be ready until February 2013. More details on prices and booking soon.

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  • Dean Nicholas

    Haven’t the prices for the viewing platform been revealed already? Seem to remember it’s £20.

    • MattFromLondonist

      I’ve not seen anything official. Just a £20 rumour…and what about concessions/kids/groups? I don’t think any of it is public knowledge yet, as far as I can see.

  • Adam Christie

    This is immanentisizing the eschaton or something, isn’t it?

  • Jean-Michel Genre

    If only Michael Jackson were still with us to come down from the top with gifts for all mankind, as per his infamous Brits performance…

  • Ringo Piece

    I fear this will attract Mothman

    • Ruththomson42

      Ringo Piece…you are witty..and we like your profile name. Ha ha.

  • reglobb

    that is effing ridiculous

  • Rachel

    This was the worst display I’ve ever witnessed, such a let down – should have used fireworks. I’ve never seen or overheard such disappointment from spectators.

  • Nickb53

    what an embarassment of some guy with a laser pen on the middle floors shining it out the window.

  • sladooo

    The laser display was a joke, absolute waste of time and an embarrassment

    for Europes tallest building and London…you should be ashamed.