May 3, 2013

Your Turn: World Trade Center Relaunch

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WTC spire 5 AP

Given the history, I was attracted to a number of different versions of the Trade Center spire being hoisted to the top of the new building. (I’m not sure about you but I did have some creepy association, too, number four with the airplane; number two I thought of jumpers.) Overall though, more than phallic  (#2 also feels religious), I get a NASA vibe. Given the centrality of the building to the American psyche, might that look of a vehicle carry echoes of the space program and its glory? Beyond the Challenger, of course.

How do you see these?

(photo 1: Getty Images photo 2: Seth Wenig/AP caption: The top piece of the 408-foot spire for One World Trade Center is lifted to the top of the building in New York, Thursday, May 2, 2013. A crane has hoisted a U.S. flag covered spire to the top of New York’s One World Trade Center, under construction at the site of the Sept. 11 attacks. photo 3: EPA. photo 4: EPA  photo 5: Lucas Jackson/Reuters caption: Iron workers photograph a crane lifting the final piece of a spire to the top of One World Trade Center in New York, May 2, 2013. The piece will be attached at a later date. photo 6: AP.)

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