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What's in a Name?

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 12 October 2009 in Architecture and Portfolio.

A view up what used to be the world's tallest building, the Sears Tower. Or is it Willis Tower? This past summer, the naming rights were transferred to the company who holds the largest tenant space in the Tower. It has since acquired the nickname, "Big Willie." But I will always call it the Sears Tower.

Some statistics about the Sears Tower:

2,000 construction workers
1 building
2 city blocks
101 acres
4,560,000 square feet of space
206 restrooms
992 toilets
796 faucets
25,000 miles of plumbing
2,000,000,000 cubic feet of concrete
2,232 steps
76,000 tons of steel

Photo taken September 25, 2009.

SONY DSLR-A300 1/160 second F/6.3 ISO 100 18 mm

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Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

I agree, it will always be the Sears Tower to me as well. You say Sears Tower a very large number of people on the planet know exactly what you are talking about, you say Willis Tower and I ask, "what's that?".

12 Oct 2009 12:54pm

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

This is a MOST IMPRESSIVE bit of work, Steve!

12 Oct 2009 1:02pm

Barbara from Florida, United States

A window washers dream job!
Great POV. I'm pleased to be able to see it up close, I've only seen it from a distance from a freeway.
HDR brings out the reflections nicely, like slick ice.
I enjoy hearing statistics like that, ones you don't normally know about. Of course it is "Sears Tower" to me as well, but can't beat the nickname.

12 Oct 2009 2:04pm

zOOm from Paris, France

Truly high ! Almost touch the sky. :-)
Great HDR technic Steven !

12 Oct 2009 2:23pm

bekkah from Pennsylvania, United States

an impressive building and wonderful perspective...excellent shot :)

12 Oct 2009 4:06pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

super POV and perspective .

12 Oct 2009 4:35pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Looks like the Sears Tower to me. :-) I like this excellent photo of it with those nice reflections.

12 Oct 2009 5:09pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Amazing perspective and pov Steve. Nice processing once again.

12 Oct 2009 5:23pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Outstanding perspective.

12 Oct 2009 5:40pm

Onlymehdi from Wayne, United States


12 Oct 2009 6:10pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Sweet architecture. Well shot.

12 Oct 2009 9:00pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Of course it's Sears Tower, I know this building since Flight Simulator on the Commodore 64! :-)

12 Oct 2009 9:35pm

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

Wonderful perspective...excellent shot ,bravo pour votre job !

13 Oct 2009 2:06pm

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Wonderful angle you shot from.. Thanks for the facts behind.. very interesting.

14 Oct 2009 9:58am

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

brilliant work Steven -- this is perfect and perfectly lovely!

14 Oct 2009 7:53pm