One detail about these construction projects that I've found fascinating is the presence of a tree on top of each of the partially constructed buildings, though I found out it is not unique to Switzerland.
|A tree atop building across the street.|
This practice is called "topping out" and it signals that a building has reached its final height when the last beam is placed atop the structure. Apparently it started in ancient Scandinavia when the builders wanted to "appease the tree-dwelling spirits displaced during construction". My poem today is in honor of this interesting building tradition.
despite the structure
being rooted in steel
nature comes out
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