When the Sky Scrapes Back

For the last five months or so we’ve been staring out the window at the massive edifice that is the Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago .  Over the months we’ve grown to appreciate the building that has so drastically altered the city’s skyline.  Especially, the way it plays with light at sunrise and sunset.  But today we saw the Trump Tower play a different game.

Trump International Hotel and Tower

Trump International Hotel and Tower

What you’re seeing in this craptastic camera phone picture is the sun hitting the Trump building, which is then throwing an enormous beam of light upwards into a low-hanging deck of clouds like a giant spotlight. The show lasted for about 15 minutes until the sun moved to a new position.

It’s a neat, if unintentional, trick and just another way that the city’s newest super tower plays with light.

If you haven’t done it yet, it’s worth taking 30 minutes out of your day to watch the sun slowly slide down the side of the building during sunset, or take a look at it around 5:30 in the morning when the rest of the skyline is dark and gray, but Trump is a bright silver candlestick in the middle of the city.  It’s all

Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.

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