Memorial labyrinth  W.O.T.A.N.


“A hundred times I have thought, New York is a catastrophe,
and fifty times : it is a beautiful catastrophe.”
Le Corbusier, “The Fairy Catastrophe” in “When the Cathedrals were White” 1947

Phrase gravée sur la chaussée de l’esplanade de "Battery Park City",
quartier bâti sur un terrain gagné sur la rivière Hudson,
en utilisant les 1 million de mètres cubes de terre et de roche
extraits lors de la construction du
World Trade Center.
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Strewn across Stuyvesant Plaza, at the northern tip of Battery Park City, are etched bits from two great American poets and from the great French architect Le Corbusier. Below are, respectively, Hart Crane’s “To Brooklyn Bridge”, “Granite and Steel” by Marianne Moore, and “When Cathedrals Were White”, a thought from Le Corbusier's book about his 1935 journey to America :


“To Brooklyn Bridge”
How many dawns, chill from the rippling rest
The seagull’s wings shall dip and pivot him,
Shedding white rings of tumult, building high
Over the chained bay waters Liberty-


“Granite and Steel”
Enfranchising cable, silvered by the sea,
of woven wire, grayed by the mist,
and Liberty dominate the Bay-
her feet as one on shattered chains
once whole links wrought by Tyranny.


“When the Cathedrals Were White”
A hundred times
I have thought:
New York is a catastrophe
And fifty times:
It is a beautiful catastrophe

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"Travailler n’est pas une corvée, travailler c’est respirer."
Le Corbusier