There's no doubt the Shard is certainly a striking piece of architecture, towering above the centre of our capital city like a massive crystal column. What better way to open it than with a massive laser and searchlight show that'll blast out across London tomorrow night?

Kicking off at around 10.15pm Thursday evening, 12 lasers and 30 searchlights will beam into the sky over the capital, playing along to Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man and the Finale from Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, which will be performed live by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. That'll basically turn the Shard into the world's biggest visualiser of sorts then.

The climax of the light show will be the illumination of the Shard itself, which will literally light up London like a massive beacon, with powerful lights shining straight off its shimmering glass sides. It certainly sounds impressive, and if reports from the dress rehearsal last night are anything to go by, it'll be well worth seeing.

Thankfully, for all those not living in the centre of London, the whole thing will be broadcast live on the Shard's site and Facebook pages -- no doubt the video will be released later too for your perusal, in case 10pm is passed your bedtime. For anyone interested in forking out to shoot up the Shard and see the view from the top, tickets will also go on sale the following morning, July 6th, for the public opening on February 1st next year too. [The Shard via Event Magazine]

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