The idea sounded so promising: a laser light show to mark the opening of Europe’s tallest building, accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra.
Renzo Piano’s 310m-tall super-tower would shoot beams from its facade, reaching out to the capital’s other landmarks.
St Paul’s Cathedral, the BT Tower and Centre Point would all be greeted by the spire that has landed among them.
But instead of a rousing spectacle, crowds gathered at bridges and viewpoints throughout London were left disappointed as they watched The Shard shift between lilac and blue.
What a sad way for The Shard to say hello.