The vibrations felt as the camera records the sounds and images of the pounding machinery against the concrete and rebar mass. The structure does not yield easily against the force, it was built to endure. The ground shakes as the concrete cracks, crumbles and falls. The images become dense with the dust of the cement. I watch in awe as the engineers and crew strategically collapse the structure.
On the Rushing Impact of the Cities
Bertolt Brecht 1920…
…so short was time
That between morning and evening
There was no noon
And already on the old familiar ground
Stood mountains of concrete.
Strength and durability gone, the “crusher” extrudes the rebar from the concrete.
“Le Corbusier’s Unité d’habitation introduced the world to raw concrete – béton brut – with its texture defined by the wooden planks shaping it when it was poured. This unwitting prototype for the New Brutalism to follow came from necessity: not only was there insufficient steel in post-war France for a steel construction, but there was insufficient skilled labor for consistent, precise construction.” ( http://www.galinsky.com)