Not many people know that the Picasso Tower was designed by the Japanese-American architect Minoru Yamasaki, who designed the famous and missing Twin Towers of New York.

With its 157 meters of height it has been, for a long time, the tallest building in Madrid, from 1989 when it was inaugurated, until the construction of the Cuatro Torres, finished between 2007 and 2009, of which the Crystal Tower is the higher with 249 meters (still far from the more than 400 meters of the unforgettable New Yorkers).

I made that shot in October of 2003. At that time I did a lot of product photography, catalogs, etc … I had already had some encounter with architectural elements but that one in particular I fell in love with and it was one of those that marked a before and after .

The cleanliness in the lines of that facade, its contrasts, that perspective fixing its vanishing point towards a blue sky full of restless clouds inspired me this shot that shows the design of the human in tune with the design of the natural.

I do not think that Picasso was precisely characterized by painting many straight lines … but when I see the tower, it reminds me of his famous shirt with black and white stripes.

Things that happen to one in the head.

Madrid, October 2003.



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