BSWAM (Bartender’s skills with a Manhatten) sent a wonderful series from Philadelphia. Here’s a couple. A wonderful public artwork celebrating looking up kids’. Apparently they were roped off, so he couldn’t get the traditional closeups.
BSWAM says, “People are still ambivalent about Philadelphia’s terrifying City Hall, one of the world’s largest public buildings and, somehow, evidently the inspiration for Sydney’s Town Hall (how or why this was the case I have no idea). In fact, no sooner was this behemoth finished (around 1902 after a period of over forty years) than a petition was circulated to demolish it. This idea was dropped when it was realized that the thing was so enormous the cost of its demolition would have bankrupted the city. To give you an idea of its scale the statue of William Penn on the top of the tower is 40 ft tall.”
“Here’s a non-worst, the previous picture was taken from the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum (a building so enormous it’s nearly impossible to photograph the entire thing – this is the central portion). Now considered one of the masterpieces by the architect Julian Abele, one of the US’s first black architects, it was widely criticized at the time of its construction for what was considered an out-of-date style and for the use of colored terra cotta. It is seen here emblazoned with the name of the architect who will be renovating the staircase. So yes. Probably a worst after all.”