Thursday, July 28, 2011

Eerie Reminder

Once Upon An Island: Twin Towers Rising

The current exhibit at the Price Tower Arts Center features more than 100 photographs taken during construction of the World Trade Center. The images were taken by Richard Quinney while he was taking a photography class at the International Center for Photography in 1969. Quinney eventually moved to Madison, Wisconsin, packing away the original slides where they remained virtually untouched for the next 30 years.

photo courtesy pricetower.org
In 2002 the collection was donated to the Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison. Prints were made and the eventual result was Once Upon on Island: Twin Towers Rising.

The images not only document the building of these landmark structures, but also an important era in American history. Eerily the eventual fate of these buildings hangs heavy over the entire exhibit- which will be on display through September 11, 2011.

Before You Go
Construction of One Williams Center
courtesy of the Beryl Ford Collection
Take a drive through downtown Tulsa on your way to Bartlesville.

At the north end of Boston Avenue you'll find a miniature version of the iconic World Trade Center (if you can call a 52-story building miniature). The silver building's construction and design are remarkably similar to the Twin Towers. What we know today as the BOK Tower was originally One Williams Center- and was originally proposed as four 25-story towers! The similarity is not accidental. Both projects were designed by Minoru Yamasaki & Associates.
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