Oh, so THAT’s What the Top of the TransAmerica Pyramid Looks Like

After some discussion, it turns out that the top of the shiny, shiny TransAmerica Pyramid¬†is made up of bunch of Gothic-looking paned windows that protect the 6000-watt halogen disco ball within. You see, sometimes, when the sun’s at just the right angle, total internal reflection kicks in and all that’s visible is a ball of light.

You can see the effect of the metal frames holding the glass here in a nice 30-second nighttime exposure from Flickr’s exxonvaldez, who really ought to consider changing his handle to exxonmed or searivermediterranean or just plain mediterranean.

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Top it off with a lighting rod and you are good to go.

Look for it the next time you’re at a Anonymous vs. Church of Scientology¬†protest / rally / whatever at Washington and Montgomery

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2 Responses to “Oh, so THAT’s What the Top of the TransAmerica Pyramid Looks Like”

  1. chasleazy says:

    I wonder what happened when that missing chunk fell off?

  2. sfcitizen says:

    If it fell off in one piece it could certainly give your noggin a floggin.