January 10, 2007

Painting the Town PURPLE

The last time the Ravens were heading into the playoffs, the city painted itself with purple light. One of the best visuals then was Domino Sugars, which had projected a purple spotlight into the steam coming from the refinery. Sometimes you could see it, other times you couldn’t. Purple is really hard to light, since it’s so close to the end of the spectrum.

As I drive home in the evening, more and more buildings are washed in purple in anticipation of the Ravens game against the Indianapolis (ex-Baltimore) Colts on Saturday.

Most of my travels are downtown. Some of the more interesting lights are:

* The salt piles before you head into the southbound Fort McHenry Tunnel.
* The Bromo Tower.
* The top of the tower at Pratt & Calvert streets, where the Gallery is.
* The Sunpapers Building in Port Covington
* The B&O Railroad Museum’s Roundhouse.
* City Hall, also home of Ravens Roost – City Hall Chapter.

Of course, one of the prettiest sights is Ravens Stadium which has the upper decks rimmed in purple neon. Additionally the street lamps surrounding it have purple bulbs and some of the trees are outlined in purple fairy lights.

I am not a huge football fan, but I sure would like to see the Ravens beat the Colts and put a lot of old animosity to rest.

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