Bitcoin (BTC) logo lit up the night sky in Berlin this weekend, adorning Germany’s tallest building with a giant orange B.
On January 21st, the Bitcoin logo lit up the Berliner Fernsehturm – known as the TV Tower. German Bitcoiners took to Twitter and social media to share photos and videos of the lighting, which were then shared by prominent Bitcoin Twitter accounts.
The man behind the B, a German bitcoiner named Tilo, told Cointelegraph why he thought of it:
“We just want to raise awareness about Bitcoin! We are fans of Guerilla actions like this and will continue.”
Tilo is the CEO of an event agency that will be hosting the “Best of Blockchain” conference this year. He explained that the process of setting up the light displays is simple: “what you need is a blender, a power plant, a special bitcoin logo,” in one of the comments. Tilo tried the process late last year, “But the beam I used was too weak,” he explained.
This is not the first time that the Bitcoin logo or themes have been projected onto iconic buildings. In May 2021, “Fiat is a bubble, Bitcoin is a pin” was screened at the Bank of England in London.
The vigilante strikes again.
Last night at the Bank of England pic.twitter.com/1XsBgW7e0I
— Dominic Frisby (@DominicFrisby) May 3, 2021
Tilo has previously broadcast bitcoin slogans on the iconic Berlin Wall and shared an inventory of products needed to coordinate the lighting for those interested in giving it a try. However, he insists that these kinds of “ads” aren’t technically allowed, so it’s best to proceed with caution.
While the Bitcoin Reddit group in Germany celebrated the event with a “Noice” comment thread, the subreddit for Berlin residents took a different approach. One commenter criticized the light display as “light pollution”, while another hoped that “it [Bitcoin] will never catch.” They continued:
“Bitcoin is turbo capitalism without limits and morality, disguised in a different guise and slogan every six months.”
The price of Bitcoin is now sitting comfortably $20k range with has grown since the Middle Ages, while network security has recently reached all-time highs. Hash rate, or the number of searches performed by Bitcoin miners per second, recently broken up to 300 exahashes per second.
In addition, the number of bitcoins the number of users worldwide is in the millions, while the developing world is beginning to explore a take advantage of bitcoins decentralized and sovereign properties. In the capital of Germany, Berliners can pay with bitcoins Subway Sandwiches via Lightning Network.