March 2nd, 2005

weird science, Eye: RCA Magic Eye, tech

Objections Raised As Solar Death Ray Defused

Disney Concert Hall to Lose Some Luster
(Thanks to BoingBoing)

It seems the Walt Disney Concert Hall has a lovely parabolic curve on the front surface, lined with gleaming, polished steel plates. As a result, beams of searing heat get focused on the sidewalk in front of the building and the condos across the street, giving pedestrians sunburns, heating the sidewalk to egg-frying temperatures, and doubling the a/c bills of the neighbors.

So, city officials have decreed that those panels be sanded down to a brushed-steel finish--which, incidentally, will match other parts of the building that aren't so dramatically curved.

Some have complained about "defacing" an "architectural landmark" like this -- of course, they don't live in the vicinity. "Let them get shades," insisted Marie Antoinette a New Jersey visitor.

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