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New York City: “Rooftop water tanks, fire-escape stairs suspended off of buildings, metal awnings with their tension support rods tied back to buildings, and steel fire shutters are the things I first noticed in New York. They exist as a delicate, skeletal counterpoint to the heavy mass of buildings that fill out every block in the city. These utilitarian elements, often technologically outdated and sometimes illegally installed, also serve to catch the light of the sun and cast shadows on the façade of buildings. The visual patterns of light and shadow are incredible, providing scale and visual interest, and change as the sun shifts during the course of the day.”