Buildings Made of Sky: The New York City Skyline Inverted


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Even if you have lived in a city all your life, it’s difficult not to look up when walking amidst the man-made canyons in New York City. When you do so, you see a skyline unlike any other that frame buildings made of sky in the middle. It can be astonishing to see, from particular vantage points, the wide-open sky condensed into a small sliver, the buildings on both site influencing your frame of vision.

When Peter Wegner saw this same skyline, he saw invisible buildings made of sky, suspended between the real buildings. Wegner shot these invisible buildings and turned the pictures upside-down to showcase the skyscrapers created from the contours of the surrounding structures. Doing so, Wegner displayed literal skyscrapers in his pictures. Instead of concrete and steel, his skyscrapers are made of skies, sunsets and clouds.

Wegner’s surprising series of pictures displays a new perspective of the New York City skyline, which can only be seen by turning the city upside-down. He has been photographing the urban canyons of different cities since 2004. By flipping the picture, the sky’s silhouette takes on the shape of the skyscrapers around it.

Wegner is a successful American artist who graduated from Yale University. His works belong to permanent collections in numerous art museums, including the Guggenheim, New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the Yale University Art Gallery. The main focus of his work is on the intersection of architecture and art, so it is only natural that the unique beauty of buildings made of sky were seen by an eye searching for that unique connection.

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