Lighting is a massive parts of our lives, and it illuminates, our homes, streets, offices, cinemas, theaters, and well everything. There have been many times that lighting hasn’t just been a necessity but also a political stance. Light in is incredibly important not just for practical reasons but also representing that through the darkness there will be light at the end of the tunnel no matter how dire the situations seems at the time.
In 2014, one Saturday night, a 29-story Philadelphia skyscraper hosted the world’s largest game of Tetris and most likely the world’s largest video game over all. A team which was led by Drexel University computer science professor Frank Lee, hacked into the LED tape lighting system of the Cira Centre building in downtown Philadelphia to create a large game of Tetris that could be played during the city’s ongoing tech week. Frank Lee told the press that ‘People will think of this as a game, but I think this as a public ornament. Technology has sort of made us isolated from each other. I want us to be with each other and play with each other.’ This happens to be the second year in a row that his team has hacked more than 1,400 LED lights on the Cira Centre to create large scale versions of classic arcade games.
Pray For Nice
Earlier this summer the world was left in a devastated shock after the Bastille Day Attack. To cancel out that darkness, candlelit vigils were held around the globe as all of the world’s most iconic buildings were lit up in the colors of the French tricolor to make a stand of unity. The famous landmarks included the London Eye, the Eiffel Tower and the Helmsley Building in New York was all illuminate din blue, white and red. The unity was shown after an ISIS trucker killed at least 84 people who had gathered to celebrate France’s National Day in Nice.
Last year in June the United States Supreme Court finally ruled in the case of Obergefell V. Hodges, that two people of the same sex have a right to marry in all 50 states and that such marriages must be recognized when lawfully performed out of state. This landmark ruling was celebrated in a burst of rainbows across the internet and on buildings. There was a mass support from the White House where at dusk the lights came on to illuminate the building in a rainbow of colors, this sent off a chain reaction where multiple buildings in America to also light up a rainbow.
Another rainbow was created in Liverpool in July this year where some of the city’s most iconic buildings set to show their rainbow colors in honor of pride. The sites included St George’s hall, the Cunard Building, Everyman and Playhouse theaters, the Royal Court, ECHO arena, FACT and The Bluecoat. The lighting was to demonstrate part of the Come Out of the Shadows, a new three-year initiative across the Liverpool City region which will help organizers of Liverpool Pride bid to become the most visibly LGBT friendly city in the UK.