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Tangled lights and wreaths are dragged out of the closet across the country every year, and Richmond is no exception. These themed decorations have more than an impact on one’s mood or shopping stress. They can fundamentally change the experience of the architecture and urbanism of a place. Colored lights illuminate and frame the voids that exist as structural solids in the daytime. Wreaths and ribbons emphasize or alter a facade’s identity and direct gazes to previously unnoticed details and perspectives. Leftover or unused walls and spaces become canvases for expression and gathering, all in the spirit of the season. These fifteen photos are but a small sample of Richmond’s architectural transformation during the winter.
Photographs by M.F.A., final three by D.OK.