“The Ledge” Opens in Chicago
One of my favorite things to do when I arrive in a new place is go to the highest point, it helps me get my bearings and lays out the landscape in front of me like a huge buffet table that I’m eager to dig into. But I do admit to the occasional bout of vertigo when it comes to actually looking down. So my stomach feels a little queasy right now just thinking about “The Ledge,” the new glass-enclosed feature of the Skydeck in the Sears Tower in Chicago, which opens today to the public. These new glass balconies are suspended 1,353 feet (412 meters) in the air and extend 4 feet (1.22 meters) from the Sears Tower’s 103rd-floor Skydeck. According to the Sears Tower:
The inspiration for The Ledge came from hundreds of forehead prints visitors left behind on Skydeck windows every week. From the memorable scene in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off to curious children going right up to the window, visitors are constantly trying to catch a glimpse below. Now they have a unique and unobstructed view of the city.
“The Ledge” is made from three layers of half-inch thick laminated glass, and each of the panels weighs 1,500 pounds. Apparently (and thankfully for the cleaning crew) the boxes are retractable, so they’re able to be pulled into the building for easy maintenance. Because if this slide show from the AP is any indication, the number of forehead prints they’re going to have to deal with will exponentially increase.
What do you think? Would you stand on “The Ledge”?
[Sears Tower Unveils Glass Balconies on Skydeck]
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