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Friday, October 12, 2007

Brooding

It's easy to ignore what little there is left of the natural world when in NYC. Sometimes. But we still have weather and like everywhere else, weather sets the mood. Here we have a storm threatening as seen from Columbus Circle, looking South - it really felt like Batman's Gotham City. The building with the triangular windows is our friend, the Hearst Tower (click here). The tall thin tower is Central Park Place, a residential condominium built in 1988 by Davis Brody & Associates. The hulking shrouded building barely visible in the center is the controversial 2 Columbus Circle by Edward Durell Stone from 1964, sometimes referred to as the Lollipop building (Ada Louise Huxtable, then architecture critic of The New York Times, said it resembled "a die-cut Venetian palazzo on lollipops."). The building is to be occupied by the Museum of Arts and Design in 2008. Click here for this story. New York is a city of stark contrasts and the relatively unpredictable nature of the climate in the Northeast (as opposed to the Southwest, e.g.) just adds one more variable to the mix. There's nothing like a brooding NYC day to remind us that in spite of our abilities to create technologies and shape the world, we are still fundamentally powerless in the hands of mother nature ...

11 comments:

Lucy said...

I like the brooding "Metroplis" like feel in the photo -- it has that
powerful combination of Nature and Man thing going on...

Brian said...

It was a classic scene reminiscent of the Night on Bald Mountain in Fanatasia.

Greg said...

Great shot!! Love the contrast of the neon red CNN sign against the dark sky.

Brian said...

greg - thanks. The red CNN is definitely a nice stark contrast. I felt I didn't need to mention it in the post. I doubt they need the promotion :)

Jeannie said...

hey brian
got your email and responded - not sure if you got it bc we've been having email problems.
let me know?
thanks

slinger said...

what a neat shot!

Monika N. said...

That's powerful!

• Eliane • said...

What amazes me in this city is that even when the weather is awful, the sky is always interesting. Love the stormy sky here - especially at night fall.
And I can't wait for the Design Museum to open!

Just Me said...

A really cool pic

Anonymous said...

You mean Batman's Gotham City? Superman's city is Metropolis :) and Metropolis is always very sunny. Beautiful photo though!

Brian Dubé said...

Anonymous - Big slip there - correction made. thanks!