Monday, July 13, 2009

Photo of the Week--7/13/09

We visited New York in the summer of 2006, to catch a show ("Spamalot") and do a little sightseeing. Of course, we made a trip over to the World Trade Center to visit the Ground Zero site and pay our respects. I remember thinking back then that despite all the construction equipment we saw, it sure was taking them a long time to rebuild on the site; even now, there are still delays in erecting new buildings. However, this one, at 7 World Trade Center, had just been finished in 2006. (The original had been damaged by debris from the WTC bombings; fire further weakened the building and it collapsed in the late afternoon of 9/11.)

I love the look of this new building. They used an ultra-clear, highly reflective glass, backed by stainless steel to reflect sunlight. I don't know if it's the color or reflectivity that makes the upper reaches so close in color to the sky that they seem to disappear into the heavens, but I thought it made a very striking photograph.

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