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Old 03-14-2009, 10:44 PM
 
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I went down to Luminaria and took a few pictures, here is the first one...

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Old 03-14-2009, 11:11 PM
 
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How was it?
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Old 03-15-2009, 08:56 AM
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It always amazes me how willing the folks who run the Alamo are to have various colors and words projected onto it. Granted, it's not a commercial use they're allowing, but I can't imagine that happening at any of the monuments in DC. Mind you, I'm not saying that I disapprove, but I do find it curious.

What did you think when you saw this on the Alamo, smitty12?
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Old 03-15-2009, 09:33 AM
 
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It always amazes me how willing the folks who run the Alamo are to have various colors and words projected onto it
The Alamo, much like any other major tourist attraction around the world is exactly that: A tourist attraction. One that needs to recoup as much of the cost of being free as possible, thus the gift shop and other ways they make change around the spot.

Luckily, the Alamo hasn't adopted these colors or wording on a nightly basis, unlike the horribly tacky things they're now doing to things like The Eiffel Tower, The Pyramids and The Parthenon. All have been strangely lit, spangled or toggled to appear more 'interesting' to tourists. Frankly, I think it's sad that they felt the need to do these things and that tourists attention spans are that short.

Sadly, even certain monuments in DC do this. Ugh.

There will come a day when these types of places realize they aren't competing with Las Vegas. History is history because it's always been history. No need to dress it up. Re-telling the tale is more than enough.





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Old 03-15-2009, 10:08 AM
 
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It always amazes me how willing the folks who run the Alamo are to have various colors and words projected onto it. Granted, it's not a commercial use they're allowing, but I can't imagine that happening at any of the monuments in DC. Mind you, I'm not saying that I disapprove, but I do find it curious.

What did you think when you saw this on the Alamo, smitty12?
Have they done lighting for more than Luminaria? I seem to remeber it was somewhat controversial last year, though I could be wrong...

I think it's fine when incorporated into something like Luminaria. It's hardly a San Antonio thing though...

National Cathedral in all kinds of crazy light
Lighting to Unite on Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/toshio1/2484580642/ - broken link)

Or the White House light up in Pink
White House goes pink for breast cancer awareness | Countdown to Crawford | Los Angeles Times (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/presidentbush/2008/10/white-house-goe.html - broken link)
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Old 03-15-2009, 10:13 AM
 
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Considering the event is "art" related, the creative lighting at night seems appropriate and non invasive. Doing it year round would be overkill.

I'm not too keen on words, lettering or images projected onto the Alamo. It's not a billboard.
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Old 03-15-2009, 10:17 AM
 
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Old 03-15-2009, 10:32 AM
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Have they done lighting for more than Luminaria? I seem to remeber it was somewhat controversial last year, though I could be wrong...
I seem to remember a couple of occasions in the past 6 months where the Alamo was lighted entirely in blue and entirely in pink in honor of various causes. I don't recall other recent instances of words being projected on it.

Thanks for posting the pictures. Mrs. Bowie wanted to go to this, but decided she'd rather stay out of the cool and breezy weather we've had this weekend.
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Old 03-15-2009, 10:34 AM
 
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Beautiful! It looks like it was well attended. Can you tell us about it?
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Old 03-15-2009, 10:57 AM
 
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Beautiful! It looks like it was well attended. Can you tell us about it?
There were a lot of people, but nowhere near as packed as some fiesta events can be. There was beer and wine for sale, be the crowd wasn't rowdy at all. Though I left about 10.

They had few different art displays going on: A guy who was creating pictures in dust on Vehicle Windows, A Glass Blower, A group doing large prints using a steam roller, etc...

They also had various stages with different things going on, some had dance teams, or small bands, some classical music also.

There was also some people reading poetry, as well as an "open mike" poetry stage. Over all a pretty good experience.

Ooh and since this event was "open" on all sides you are not limited to on premises food like most fiesta events, all the restaurants on the plaza were open for business.
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