Shadow Shot - Concrete City

I've had this photo for a while now and I just got a chance to see it in detail. There are a number of signs that I didn't even see when I snapped this shot. The street signs in the upper right I wasn't even trying to frame but they seem to be a natural part of the photo.

The only building that is sunlit is Boston City Hall at Government Center. Some call this building a monstrosity and there has been a call to tear it down. There was even a model of a new city hall made the was to be built on the waterfront. That plan has been scraped.

Personally I like the aesthetics of this building. It was designed by Kallmann, McKinnell, Camp and Wood and built between 1962 and 1967. The design style is called "brutalist." The angles are sudden and some of the concrete edges are rough. They are several buildings like this in Boston, most built around the same time.

Boston City Hall is not a building you look at and then just move on to the next. It definitely does what it was designed to do and that is for the viewer to take a few moments to study it's mass. It was designed with the idea of an upside down pyramid. Where ever you view it from it definitely is narrower at the bottom and wider at the top.

An eye sore it's not. An eye catcher it is...

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