How Not to Camouflage a Skyscraper

Bank of America sign at 135 South LaSalle

If you’ve been down La Salle Street in the last few days, you may have noticed this on the walls at number 135 South. They’re shiny metal plates covering up signs that read “Bank of America Building.”

The timing would suggest that they’re in place to confuse NATO protesters arriving in Chicago this week.  Sort of like a proverbial ostrich sticking its head in the sand to avoid danger: If the protesters can’t identify your building, they can’t trash it.  Bank of America must be under the impression that anarchists haven’t discovered Google Maps yet.

Even with these signs covered up, there are still other ways to tell.  For example, the giant Bank of America branch inside the building.  And the big “Bank of America Building” sign that’s above the entrance of the West Adams Street side.  Either BoA is hoping the protesters won’t look up, or the person in charge of covering up the signs failed to do the same.


Author: Editor

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