Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Top That!

Recently I wrote about the many cranes assisting with the multiple construction projects in our neighborhood here in Zug. These construction projects have brought me many hours of distraction as walls have been erected and concrete floors have been poured outside my kitchen window and along my daily walking path.

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.

Under Construction

despite the structure
being rooted in steel
concrete
and glass,
nature comes out
on top
©2017, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.

2 comments:

  1. Well done! I do know about the tree tradition, but not this origin. Though I haven't seen one in a while and we have cranes everywhere in Denver, will look more carefully now! Have a happy day, Bridget!

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    1. Thanks, Linda! I've never lived this close to so many construction projects, but I am finding all the nuances fascinating. And the Swiss construction companies are conscientious about noise so it actually is not too bad.

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