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Consolidated Edison Tower, New York City, New York, 2009

Built in 1928, and designed by the same architect who created the famed Plaza Hotel, the Consolidated Edison Tower is the home of the city’s major electric and steam utility. Instead of photographing it in its entirety, I abstract the face of one its famous clocks by blocking 9 hours of it with an adjoining red brick apartment building. The late afternoon light warms the gray stone and intensifies the warmth of the red brick. The vertical flow of windows on the brick building complement the horizontal windows of the Tower. The key to this image, however, is the huge stone urn topped with a flame. There are four such urns on the Tower, and their flames symbolize the origins of the company itself. Consolidated Edison, New York’s electric company, was originally known as Consolidated Gas.

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