I thought this looked interesting. I looked again. I crossed the street. It was extraordinary.
LaSalle Towers, at 1211 North LaSalle Street, Chicago, was a nondescript high rise hotel until artist Richard Haas got to work on it in 1980.
The transformation from ‘tired old block of flats’ to ‘exciting new work of art’ seemed to fit the Renewal theme of the Weekly Photo Challenge.
Maybe you need to click on the photos above to get the full effect, though I make no great claims to photographic genius this time – just looking, pointing and shooting.
Excellent work, Mr Haas, and congratulations to the team who painted it originally and the people who restored it in 1995.
I look forward to seeing more of your work. I can think of plenty of blots on the landscape that sorely need your talents. Just let me know when you have some free time and you can borrow my ladder.
Perhaps you could have your own reality TV show, giving eyesores a total makeover while the owners are away for the weekend.
The writer’s trip to Chicago was assisted by the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture.