The CN Tower isn’t the only building this week to get a rainbow makeover (just in time for Pride Week, we might add). The latest skyscraper to adopt what seems to be an approaching fad is the almost-complete Met Condos at Yonge and Carlton Streets. The cylindrical cornice was lit for the first time tonight with computer-controlled LED panels, similar to those now being tested at the CN Tower.
For now, the Met simply cycled through the solid colours for a while before settling on blue, so it remains to be seen if other types of patterns and effects are to be incorporated. Using much less energy than traditional lights and capable of a range covering millions of colours, Toronto’s most charming (and subtler) LED installation is in the Distillery District, where small suspended panels project nebulous blobs of colour on the cobblestone.
As more and more buildings attempt to distinguish themselves in our skyline and with LED illumination becoming cheaper and easier to maintain, Toronto’s nighttime view might start to resemble Hong Kong’s. We like change, but we urge restraint.
Photos by Marc Lostracco