Donald Trump’s Electric Snail

Parking helix for the Trump International Hotel and Tower

Parking helix for the Trump International Hotel and Tower

Back in the early days of the internet, back when e-mail addresses were just starting to get “@” symbols in them, I heard something quite remarkable.

I was told that the French don’t have an equivalency for the @ symbol, so instead of calling it “at” they call it “snail.”

I’m reminded of that every time I walk past the Trump International Hotel and Tower(401 North Wabash Street) and gaze upon its adjacent parking garage ramp.  Like a giant electric snail it sidles up to the glass building and threatens to climb up the side.

It’s function is utilitarian, but the vehicular helix is a nice design element.  From afar, you can’t see it — only the building as a whole.  And when you’re near the building, you can’t appreciate it as a whole, but you get to see this element instead.  Something for everyone.

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