Have you ever wondered why pictures made during the industrial revolution always seemed to emphasize, even glorify, chimneys and the smoke belching therefrom? It’s because back then, that was considered a good thing. Smoke. Soot. Machinery. “Industry” wasn’t just factories and steamships. It was a word synonymous with progress.
A modern take on “progress” is what we see in the photo above, taken by Joe Zekas at YoChicago! from a penthouse at Wolf Point West. It shows four construction cranes busy at work building four new towers in downtown Chicago:
- 165 West Superior
- 833 North Clark
- 167 West Erie
- 640 North LaSalle.
While a group of turtles is called a bale, and a collection of crows is called a murder, there’s no term of venery for construction cranes. So we submit “flock” in homage to the birds they resemble. And because a group of crane birds is called a sedge.