When I was visiting my brother in Chicago last week, we did a boat tour of the architecture and architectural history of downtown Chicago. I’m posting my favorite pics, in three separate posts so the posts aren’t super-huge and hard to load. Part One is here: this is Part Two.
More after the jump.
This was probably my favorite building on the tour, and it’s the one that looks the most different from different angles — hence, the three pics.
I really like how the non-Sears-Tower building here is clearly referencing the Sears Tower, while maintaining its own strong identity. It’s like it’s having a conversation with a really famous person who’s interesting but somewhat overbearing, and it’s doing a good job of listening while also holding its own and having plenty of interesting things to say.
Another little bridge house! This may be my favorite picture in the whole series.
These last two aren’t architecture, obviously — they’re a barge from a current building project that got overloaded with clay, broke in half, and sank. (No injuries, as far as I know.) I suppose I could gas on with some pretentious comment about how they’re symbolic of something or other — the vibrancy and recklessness of a city that’s constantly re-inventing itself, or something — but really, I just like the photos. I mean, how often do you get to see a sunken barge these days?
One more set of pics coming up in the next post!