Upside-Down Photos Reveal Skyscrapers Made Out Of The Sky Itself

Upside-Down Photos Reveal Skyscrapers Made Out Of The Sky Itself
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Peter Wegner’s “Building In The Sky” series locates the negative space between the city’s buildings.

Daniela Walker
  • 13 february 2014

Walk with your eyes looking straight ahead of you in New York City and you might never see the sky. An exaggeration perhaps, but the towering buildings in many parts of Manhattan mean that the sky – whether it be blue, grey or white with clouds – can often go unnoticed. Artist Peter Wenger became fascinated with the view of the sky from the city streets and began documenting it in a series called Building Made of Sky.


Wenger takes pictures of the sky as it is seen through gaps in the building, and then turns the images upside down to reveal a new type of building – one made of sky. The familiar skyline of Manhattan becomes unclear in Wenger’s photographs, especially in later photographs that he took at night – which obscure even more architectural details to mask well-known buildings. He told Atlantic Cities that the goal was to ‘simplify his relationship with New York City.’ He explained:

The city is always burgeoning. It’s just entirely too much.

Wenger’s upside-down photographs bring a new perspective to a skyline known round the world.


Peter Wenger

Source/Images: Atlantic Cities

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