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Burj Khalifa’s Upcoming Light Shows will Take You Back to the 1980s

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Burj Khalifa will be bringing two new LED light shows just in time for the end of summer. Themed around the nostalgic 1980s and 1990s, the shows will be displayed at regular intervals every day throughout September. The first of the two LED shows is designed by British multimedia freelance artist Anthony Birland, while the second is created by designer Karl Taylor Knight.

On the world’s tallest building, the LED shows will be a throwback, bringing about nostalgia for those who lived their childhood in the two eras. “Here’s the show I created for September on Burj Khalifa. A little throwback to the 1980s [and] 1990s where arcades had the best games, winning a teddy on a grabber was exciting and playing snakes on your phone was the most advanced tech you’d experienced,” wrote Birland on Instagram sharing a preview of the show. Adding: “Turning the Burj into a giant game of space invaders was fun though.” His vision for the show was to capture the memories associated with vintage games and arcade machines to bring in a fresh, young and carefree vibe.

The second show, titled “Summer Done” by Knight is a celebration of the fun brought by the season, which will soon come to an end. Knight is also a part of the design and animation team for Expo 2020 which will be taking place next year. Both LED shows are filled with live music, illustrations of bold and electrifying images of beach balls, hints of floral pinks and reds as well as fancy parasols, ensuring the spectators are left dazzled with the two projects.

With the two shows, spectators can expect lively music, and projections of illustrations of bold images of summer fruits, beach balls, as well as parasols.

The architectural marvel is known for displaying LED shows all year round on various different occasions. This year, it has taken part in many celebrations such as on the release of The Lion King, and projected flags to mark the national days of countries around the world. A picture honoring New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern also lit up the skyscraper following the Christchurch shootings earlier this year.

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