Too much of nothing

May 16th, 2015, 9pm

It was 19.4°C with broken clouds. The breeze was light.

This is in the subterranean mall under Empire State Plaza in Albany, NY - a strange place indeed, at least on sundays. Brightly lit, totally deserted, with electronic cash registers of closed cafés twittering to themselves. The walls are hung with absolutely enormous pieces of particularly vacant modern art. I have a soft spot for empty places (annoying my partner, who stumbles upon them most often with me) but this one was almost too much of nothing. Glad I made a video for proof. Almost equally flabbergasting are the aboveground premises. Three large basins of water, shallow and rectangular, herded in by one enormous skyscraper (“Corning Tower”) and four smaller, but still quite impressive brethren, called, I kid you not, “Agency” 1 through 4. Speakingly enough, the smallest building on the grounds, a concert hall called “The Egg”, displays the most interesting architecture. It’s also the only one whose purpose can immediately be recognized. Maybe this was meant as a giant satirical work of art. Maybe this arrangement is proof North Korea has taken over Albany, because the only thing missing here is a giant golden statue of some Kim Il Sung or other. I really don’t know.

David Wade, Peter, Steve and hjrtj said thanks.

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Marcus Hammerschmitt

Writer, journalist and photographer. Eighteen books so far, on paper and on screen. My biography is boring, my life is not.

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