16 November 2022

Quote of the Day

But such safety measures would only strengthen the impression that, given its remarkable lack of other uses, the shiny staircase to nowhere is the first structure in human history whose sole purpose is suicide.
The Baffler, discussing the now closed, "Vessel," a 46 m high stairway maze to nowhere at the  Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project.

It is closed, probably permanently, after the 4th person committed suicide by jumping from the sculpture in just 2 years.

Stephen M. Ross, the (heavily subsidized) real estate developer behind the project, and the main force behind the. "Monument," had hoped that this would be a symbol that defined New York in the same way that the Eiffel Tower is emblematic of Paris.

This is, of course absurd, because:

  • New York already has symbols, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building, and the subway and they all actually do something, or did something, or represented a leap forward in technology.
  • The Eiffel Tower was an engineering marvel, displacing the Great Pyramid of Gisa as the tallest human structure in the world after a nearly 4500 year run.

This structure is just a exercise in destructive public masturbation by a rich pig.

It's also simply hideous:

By Epicgenius - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link


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