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In pictures: laser show marks inauguration of Europe's tallest building

In pictures: laser show marks ...
A dozen emerald-green laser beams emanated from the Shard to pick out iconic landmarks including the London Eye, St. Paul's Cathedral and Tower Bridge (Photo: Chris Eason)
A dozen emerald-green laser beams emanated from the Shard to pick out iconic landmarks including the London Eye, St. Paul's Cathedral and Tower Bridge (Photo: Chris Eason)
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A dozen emerald-green laser beams emanated from the Shard to pick out iconic landmarks including the London Eye, St. Paul's Cathedral and Tower Bridge (1016-ft) Shard in London (Photo: Jenny Brown)
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A dozen emerald-green laser beams emanated from the Shard to pick out iconic landmarks including the London Eye, St. Paul's Cathedral and Tower Bridge (1016-ft) Shard in London (Photo: Jenny Brown)
The tower's 95 floors were lit up with color-changing lighting, and 30 search lights flared outwards and upwards from surrounding buildings (Photo: Andrea Vail)
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The tower's 95 floors were lit up with color-changing lighting, and 30 search lights flared outwards and upwards from surrounding buildings (Photo: Andrea Vail)
The tower's 95 floors were lit up with color-changing lighting, and 30 search lights flared outwards and upwards from surrounding buildings (Photo: Lapatia)
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The tower's 95 floors were lit up with color-changing lighting, and 30 search lights flared outwards and upwards from surrounding buildings (Photo: Lapatia)
"All Hail Sauron" said a placard held aloft by one of the many to take to London Bridge (Photo: ann gav)
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"All Hail Sauron" said a placard held aloft by one of the many to take to London Bridge (Photo: ann gav)
Spectators turned out in the hundreds to witness the light show that marked the climax of the inauguration of Europe's tallest building, the 309.6-m (1016-ft) Shard in London (Photo: Andrea Vail)
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Spectators turned out in the hundreds to witness the light show that marked the climax of the inauguration of Europe's tallest building, the 309.6-m (1016-ft) Shard in London (Photo: Andrea Vail)
A dozen emerald-green laser beams emanated from the Shard to pick out iconic landmarks including the London Eye, St. Paul's Cathedral and Tower Bridge (1016-ft) Shard in London (Photo: Gideon Hallett)
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A dozen emerald-green laser beams emanated from the Shard to pick out iconic landmarks including the London Eye, St. Paul's Cathedral and Tower Bridge (1016-ft) Shard in London (Photo: Gideon Hallett)
A dozen emerald-green laser beams emanated from the Shard to pick out iconic landmarks including the London Eye, St. Paul's Cathedral and Tower Bridge (Photo: Chris Eason)
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A dozen emerald-green laser beams emanated from the Shard to pick out iconic landmarks including the London Eye, St. Paul's Cathedral and Tower Bridge (Photo: Chris Eason)

Spectators turned out in the hundreds to witness the light show that marked the climax of the inauguration of Europe's tallest building, the 309.6-m (1016-ft) Shard in London. A dozen emerald-green laser beams emanated from the Shard to pick out iconic landmarks including the London Eye, St. Paul's Cathedral and Tower Bridge. The tower's 95 floors were lit up with color-changing lighting, and 30 search lights flared outwards and upwards from surrounding buildings.

"All Hail Sauron" said a placard held aloft by one of the many to take to London Bridge, in reference to the Dark Lord antagonist of The Lord of the Rings who resides in a towering fortress. As the Shard faded to red, the placard seemed particularly fitting, even without a gigantic flaming eye.

Not all onlookers were impressed, though, and many took to Facebook and Twitter to express their disappointment. From close to the Shard, Gizmag can attest to the difficulty picking out the lasers and searchlights, though bright green blobs could be seen on on distant buildings, particular the dome of St. Paul's Cathedral.

A better bet appears to have been to observe from a distance, if the images uploaded to photo-sharing website Flickr are anything to judge by, though distant observers were among those expressing dissatisfaction.

There has been some consternation, too, as to the pricing of tickets to the Shard's viewing platform, 245 m (804 ft) up on the Shard's 72nd floor. The £25 (US$38.67) tickets went on sale today, though the observation platform won't open to the public until February 2013. That a child ticket costs almost as much (£18.95 or $29.31) is proving a particularly sore point, and means the Shard's viewing platform is an expensive tourist attraction in comparison to London alternatives.

Sources: The Independent, London Evening Standard

3 comments
Doug Doyle
Meet the B-2 stealth bomber of buildings.
JPAR
$140 to take a family of four up a lift and back.... surely any sane person would hire a helicopter for half an hour! Or even just book a meal in one of the restaurants and put the money towards that at least....
Jon A.
That building reminds me of the GENOM tower in the Bubblegum Crisis anime.