July 17, 2009

De-Monumentalization of the Sears Tower and Beyond



The Sears Tower has officially (as of yesterday) been renamed to Willis Tower according to the iconic skyscraper's owners. CNN's story about the name change claims 90,000 angry people have joined the Facebook group, "People Against the Sears Tower Name Change." Note: the group size is currently up to over 93,000 members...probably much larger by the time this post gets to you. Many people are downright refusing to stop calling the building the "Sears Tower."

According to the Facebook group, whoever owns the most square footage in the building has the rights to name the building, which is why a British Insurance Company, Willis Group Holdings is buying out all unused office space!

This simple act of name changing has - in some bizzare way - de-monumentalized Chicago's famous building, reminding architects worldwide that architectural popularity commonly extends beyond the physical design of buildings. Has the Sears...I mean Willis Tower become the world's next Non-ument!? Its tough to tell at this point, but here at Mockitecture we jump on the bandwagon of any and every popular trend. Chicago's recently started trend of de-monumentalization is no different.

I present to you, the NEW Leaning Tower of Pisa, renamed, "An Ordinary Tower":


Next, the Eiffel Tower undergoes a bit of shrinkage:


And finally, in a defiant act of over-monumentalization, or enhancement per-se, I present the new and improved Midwestern city...a river town turned oceanside metropolis (thank you Miami, for the lovely aerial beach imagery):

4 comments:

DeMo said...

I haven't been to the Sears Tower yet, and now I guess I'll never see it. As the Sears Tower anyway.. I think I'll still call it that though.

Got a laugh from your changes to the other monuments. What about the Colosseum in Rome? You could just knock off the top two levels.

N O R T O N said...

DeMo: thanks for the comment! That's a brilliant idea. Perhaps I'll have to make a Part II post sometime soon...

JM said...

"bad drawing" by pedro Bandeira...same idea...

http://www.pedrobandeira.info/filter/illustration#772156/Ilustra-es-I-1998-2003

JM said...

"bad drawing" by pedro Bandeira...same idea...

http://www.pedrobandeira.info/filter/illustration#772156/Ilustra-es-I-1998-2003