Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Freedom Tower: An Unfortunate Mirror

The major change was to the 187-foot-high base,
which will be clad in a screen of glass prisms rather than metal panels.

The latest design for the Freedom Tower has just been released. A year ago I lamented the awful decision to make the first 20 or so stories a grim steel and concrete base. But in a regretable progression, they are now sheathing the base in a screen of glass prisms. Thus the poetic effect enhanced. The screen becomes superficially inviting while remaining impentrable at its core. A fitting monument to a unilateral, devisive administration with a knack for Orwellian double-speak. A "Clear Skies" type facade to compete for symbolic meaning with the 1776 foot spire.

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