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The Tower

Posted on Sep 14, 2010 | 7 comments

After taking a day’s break to relax after a fun, but hectic weekend (see my pics on La!), I’m back.  I’ve shot this tower before from the window of a train, but as I walked along Termini last week, it just screamed out to me to be photographed again.  I still don’t know what these are used for (anyone?), but in black and white it reminds me of some crazy Orwelian building.  Most definitely a kind of industrial landscape found in the murals that M-City paints.  For some things black and white are just perfect, striking a kind of timeless mood that can be difficult to capture in color.  I tried a few shots in color, but they just didn’t work the same way black and white did for this particular image.


  1. It's one of the two old water towers. The other one is on the other side of the tunnel.
    They were designed by Angiolo Mazzoni, the architect of the station, and modeled after a tower he had built near Pisa (you can see it here)

  2. Jessica, thanks for the lovely photo of the tower. And Numero 6, thanks for the Mazzoni identification; I wouldn't have guess that it was architect-designed. From Wikipedia and other sites, it looks as if Mazzoni designed only the side portions of the new Termini station–no mean accomplishment, to be sure.

  3. Congrats on your Repubblica photos. Very cool.

    I have always wondered what the story was with that Tower.

    Now I know.

  4. Grazie Numero6!!

  5. Hi Jessica,
    I looked at your series of pictures–great job. Probably some of the art is a bit beyond me, but I did recognize one seemingly often used symbol/item, Captain America, a favorite comic book from my long-ago youth. And boy do i wish I still had some of those comic books–I'd be rich!

  6. It almost looks like something out of a Neil Gaiman fantasy novel. "The tower stair case that lead no where."

  7. Great pictures…exactly the kind of the ones I enjoy most!

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