so it's 2016 and they're building a giant lemarchand box at the WTC site. what could possibly go wrong. pic.twitter.com/SGqRPrDADl— hugo reinert (@metaleptic) September 11, 2016
It is odd that an architect, much less an American Gen X architect, commissioned to do a World Trade Center design, would not check the cultural message associated with his design at such a sensitive site. From Inhabitat, the new renderings of the Ronald O. Perelman World Trade Center Performing Arts Center released this week show a glowing, lantern-like cube:
I cannot believe that the REX lead architect does not know about Clive Barker's horror puzzle box, also known as the Lament Configuration, which opened gateways to hell in all the Hellraiser films. Youtubers recognized it immediately: "It's the cube from Hellraiser!" This is not the way to quell 9/11 conspiracy theories. The WTC Twin Towers appeared in Hellraiser 3 (1992); you can see the scene here. That flim ended with the box being hidden in the soft cement of a skyscraper foundation in Manhattan, which influenced its subsequent design. In Hellraiser 4 (1996), the skycraper and architect become the epicentre of another battle with demons."According to the architect, Joshua Prince-Ramus, the rooms and halls will all feature moveable walls that will create up to 11 configurations. ... Designed by REX, the building will be made out of translucent, veined marble and glass, which will give it dull sheen during the day."
The REX WTC Performing Arts Center design (September 2016). Image Source: yimby.
The conclusion of Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992). Image Source: Edge of the Fringe.
The Hellraiser III promotional poster featured the Twin Towers. Image Source: Subscene.
See my previous post on Hellraiser 3, here.