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Response to iamthebandfanman (Reply #2)

Tue Nov 12, 2013, 12:04 PM

6. I disagree with Banksy's opinion, and think he's missing the whole point...

I recently saw a documentary on the building. And you know what? If you push this awkward teen, if you punch him, if you try to slam a plane in him...he's not coming down. An act of terrorism isn't even going to scratch his windows. Isn't that what matters? Isn't that the most important message?

I mean, I get it, everyone thinks the "fuck you!" message should be in how the building looks, and you presume that you could have gotten both: glorious outside as well as amazing inside. But as said, with all the bickering over the thing, you probably weren't going to get some sort of Gehry-esque swirl of artistic steel. The aesthetic was always going to either fall flat because it wasn't beautiful enough, or be rejected because it was too much.

So the builders focused putting the magic inside rather than trying to putting it on the outside (which is not to say that they went ugly; it's a nice enough looking building). Which means you see Clark Kent, but what you've really got is Superman. That is where this building says "fuck you!" It will not come down. It will not trap anyone inside. It will not allow what happened with the Towers to happen again. This building may not, on the outside, say "never again" but on the inside, in its construction and planning, that's all it says.

It does this, and steps back from trying to outshine those lost buildings. Which, I think, is only right and respectful. Better to quietly be the tallest building and do what it was meant to do (it is an office building and has to be that), and let people remember what happened not from it, but from the memorials. The pools are simply amazing—perhaps the best and most jaw-dropping memorials we could have, far more apt, artistic and powerful than another building. And the museum is (will be?) a powerful testament as well. I don't think we need this building to do more than just be rebuilt, on the site, and rebuilt in a way that will withstand anything. Isn't that what matters?

IMHO, this isn't an awkward teenager. It's a quiet, respectful son who stands at his father's grave, working hard to make sure that what happened to his father is remembered, and doesn't happen again.

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