A Skyscraper’s Moment of Magic

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2005

On every sunny day the largest of the towers has its moment of magic. In the late afternoon when the sun is already low, the western front of theCentral ParkTowerwill glow with sunlight and throw a bright stripe of shining silver onto the waters ofSwanRiver. While the other buildings are standing parallel to the rectangular grid of the streets, the biggest tower has been placed in a 45° angle, so it is the only one that receives full sunlight. This effect can best be observed from a boat on the river. When you are coming in on board the afternoon ferry from Fremantle and passingKingsPark, watch out for the light show.

At a certain time in the later afternoon, the light of the already low sun is reflected by the glass facades of Central Park tower and other skyscrapers in a way that is, well, almost magic. I have been lucky to catch it twice, both times on board an incoming Swan River ferry.

Watch out if you return from Fremantle on an afternoon ferry. The light effect can be seen and caught for a moment shortly before arriving at Barrack Street jetty.

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