When I first started writing Pigtown*Design, one of the very first stories I wrote was called “Painting the Town Purple!”. Baltimore’s NFL team, the Ravens, were getting ready to play the
Baltimore Indianapolis Colts. For Baltimoreans of a certain age, it’s incomprehensible that the Colts are in Indianapolis. Then, as now, the city is bright with purple lights. Purple is one of the most difficult colours to light, because it’s at the end of the spectrum. The Ravens purple is a particularly dark purple, and our other team colour is black. Everyone’s in the spirit, as evidenced by this horse of a different colour I spotted on a corner downtown.This evening, a lot of lights around the harbour were being lit in purple in celebration of the game on Saturday. Additionally, a lot of businesses in the city are encouraging their employees to wear purple on Friday and make a contribution to do so, with the funds going to the Haitian Relief Efforts. I decided to take a walk along the harbour promenade and take some pictures. Luckily, the bitter cold weather has broken and it was a balmy 42F, with no breeze at all. The Waterfront Marriott spelled out “GO Ravens” in the lights in their rooms, just like they did the year the Ravens won the Superbowl.In the spirit of things, here is a little video I made for a friend. I gave her a mechanical, light-up raven for Christmas.