Tonight, the City of Boston is getting lit.
The city is opening up City Hall Plaza, the front lawn of Boston’s best-known (and most-hated) Brutalist building, to food trucks, carnival style–games, and beer-swilling citizens to celebrate its latest attempt to gussy up Government Center.
Attendees at Light Bright Beer Garden, this year’s last Beer Garden on the Bricks, will witness a colorful light display on the angular concrete massing so deliberately stripped of ornamentation.
On 10/13 we’ll unveil #CityHall‘s exterior lights during Light Bright Beer Garden. Event is free & open to the public. #LightBrightBOS pic.twitter.com/yUn4UP6311
— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) October 6, 2016
The official promotion video below gives a hint of the light display in action:
If early online comments on the event are any indication, bright primary-school colors might not be enough to make jaded Bostonians love architecture firm Kallmann McKinnell & Wood’s difficult creation. YouTube user Shaun Beacham writes: “We’re sorry the building looks like a prison, but we put some lights on it and now it’s a colorful prison!” A few pints in, Shaun, and it might not look so bad!
The event begins at 6:30 p.m. tonight at City Hall Plaza. Can’t make it? Follow
#LightBrightBOS on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.