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How Buildings Turned Into Instant Rainbows for Gay Marriage

Cheap LED lighting is fueling the meme-ification of public architecture

The Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin has at times lit its distinctive ring-shaped facade to celebrate the Fourth of July or raise awareness for breast cancer. Putting a rainbow glow on the building on the night of the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage was far more difficult. The news came as a surprise, and three staffers scrambled throughout the day to replace gels and redirect the light fixtures.

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