Friday, July 3, 2009

Aw hell naw!!!

photo by Kiichiro Sato/AP

photo by Kiichiro Sato/AP

photo by Frank Polich/Reuters Photos

photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images

Today the Sears Tower in Chicago, tallest remaining bldg. in the U.S., opened four glass enclosed balconies extending four feet out from the edge of their observation deck on the 103rd floor.

Visitors can walk out and look straight down through the glass floor to the street 1,353 feet below or they can look straight ahead and see 50 miles on a clear day. Of course they can do that without walking on glass.

The glass has variously been reported as being somewhere between 1/2 inch and 1-1/2 inches thick and the balconies are supposedly engineered to support 8 people or 5-10,000 pounds. The Washington Post indicates that the floor is a laminate of three 1/2-inch layers of glass bonded together by the same polymer as windshields on cars.

While Incorrigible Curmudgeon has a pilot's license and has been known to go sky diving, it is safe to say you will not be seeing any photos by Incorrigible Curmudgeon taken from any of these balconies. I'll leave the photos to my Chicago friends: Joyce and Danielle :).

1 comment:

Joyce Owens said...

I don't think I can walk on this. There was a similar installation at the Children's Museum in Chicago and my younger son, then in the crawling stage refused to cross. I take after him...

Great shots though. I'd love to see your point-of-view on this, Jeff!