One World Trade Center (Contemporary Capitalism)

Capitalism picks itself up. Not a bad looking building, this behemoth with tapering, triangular forms. I like this view which I took from the car waiting in traffic from street level. I think the big red color of the traffic light frames the building rather neatly. I have not made it down to the site but hope to do so soon. I still have no idea what the base of the building looks like. So far for me, it’s been all torso.

It’s funny, but I hadn’t really noticed it until recently on a visit down to NYU. I guess this means I don’t make it downtown much. I looked down a street, and there it was, and to tell you the truth, I think it’s kind of cool. It’s machine-like and reflective. This to me is in synch with the face of the contemporary capitalism it projects; much more so than the World Trade Towers could have ever have been. The difference is the one between the wild, “postmodern” irregular surfaces versus the more predictable, straight lined verticality of the old modernism.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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1 Response to One World Trade Center (Contemporary Capitalism)

  1. DAjESUS says:

    Does it remind you of Babel and the gold that Silverstein has taken from the people?

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