Nasher Architect's Steel-And-Glass Monstrosity Was Inaugurated Last Night With, Yes, a Laser Light Show

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When Renzo Piano, the architect of the Nasher Sculpture Center, visited Dallas last month and cast himself and the museum as the impotent victims of the phallic death rays emanating from Museum Tower next door, Jim pointed out a subtle irony. Because at the very moment Piano was delivering his tale of woe to the DMN, Londoners were speaking in similar terms about The Shard, Piano's 1,000-foot glass needle just piercing the London skyline.

The Guardian described it as "egomaniacal architecture" that, per Atlantic Cities, will one day be seen as a "sobering mistake." And since we've already made the inevitable phallic reference, it should be noted that The Shard makes the Museum Tower look like a limp noodle.

As Candy Evan's notes this morning on her blog, yesterday was The Shard's coming out party, its official debut as Europe's tallest building. And how does one celebrate such a momentous achievement in keeping with Piano's low-key style? With lots and lots of lasers strafing famous London landmarks, of course. Green beams of light boring into the Tower Bridge, St. Paul's Cathedral, etc. Which isn't ironic. At all. So lets all tip our hats to Mr. Piano for the fitting display of modesty and architectural restraint.

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Greg
Greg

Looks like Dalek Headquarter.

Montemalone
Montemalone

It's not the same thing at all. London is a World Class City. The shard was built by Arab sheiks with no concern about reouping the investment, and only a few floors are condos, and those will all be sold to rich Arabs. Our shard was built with firemen's retirement funds, and this ain't no World Class City, despite our deck park named after a nine year old and death defying river rapids. See, not the same thing at all.

GoDallas
GoDallas

If i remember correctly Renzo cited how reflective the glas was on this building vs. that of the Museum Tower... 25% vs. 70% or something like that... so guess he's not that much of a hypocrite after all.

Craig J
Craig J

Oh Bmarvel.... I'm waiting on your profound architectural critique on this one since after all you have the past experience of "art/architecture critic" at the DMN.

Livable Perspective
Livable Perspective

Oh Mr. Piano, you are quite the hypocrite.

Downtownworker
Downtownworker

Seriously? Blaming Renzo Piano for the laser party is like giving Santiago Calatrava credit for the Large Marge fireworks.

jharris214
jharris214

Perhaps Renzo Piano is in fact Kim Jong Il??

Coleman
Coleman

I don't know about you, but it kinda reminds me of the Ryugyong Hotel in North Korea.

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