28 mayo 2009

Level 3: “I´ll take Manhattan!!”

La isla de Manhattan es el paradigma de la sociedad global, todas las razas, todas las culturas y todas las religiones tienen cabida en ella, en teoría. La práctica es otra cosa, pero no voy a entrar en eso ahora. Cada persona posee sus propios principios y actúa en consecuencia, no seré yo quien juzgue, aunque a veces, inconscientemente lo haga. Es entonces cuando me pregunto donde me he dejado olvidada la tolerancia que tanto reclamo para mi, e intento controlar esa naturaleza crítica que aflora en cualquier lugar, ante cualquier situación. Unas veces lo consigo, otras no puedo controlar esa inclinación que tenemos todos a estar en posesión de la verdad absoluta, de la razón más lógica, de la moral más alta, de la ética más justa. Todas estas cosas me planteo mientras camino por una de las avenidas principales de esta isla mega-cosmopolita que nada tiene que ver con la de Perdidos….. o si. Empiezo a preocuparme, tanto trascendentalismo no tiene que ser bueno.


La 5ª Avenida es un hervidero de New Yorkers estresados que se dirigen a sus trabajos, y turistas emocionados, que dirigen sus miradas hacia las alturas, doblando sus cuellos hasta el límite, buscando el encuadre perfecto para capturar los rascacielos que dibujan ese skyline que forma parte del imaginario occidental, y del oriental, para que limitarnos. Yo también doblo mi cuello y busco la aguja del Empire State Building. La niebla y la lluvia ocultan el observatorio, pero se intuye.

No puedo creer que vaya a pasar los próximos dos meses en la planta 26 de este mítico edificio, que junto al Chrysler, son dos de los iconos arquitectónicos del siglo XX que más me apasionan, y pensar que voy a pasearme por sus entrañas la mayor parte del día me produce vértigo, emoción, respeto, orgullo, ansiedad…



Y aunque ahora está siendo sometido a una importante y necesaria operación de cirugía de mantenimiento, todo el edificio conserva ese aura de misterio propio de la década de los treinta. Sus muros encierran secretos que forman parte de la historia de Nueva York, y de Estados Unidos.


El Empire State Building, junto a su competidor en altura, el Chrysler Building, son el legado de la época de la Gran Depresión, una reacción frente a los tiempos austeros que vivía el país, la fuerza de su sola presencia, la simetría de sus líneas, la grandiosidad de su ornamentación son la representación perfecta del Art Deco… por eso me apasiona tanto.



Y aunque el tiempo no está en sintonía con mi estado de ánimo, pues llueve y hace frío, la ilusión impide que mi cuerpo se vea afectado por estos pequeños inconvenientes climatológicos, a pesar de que llené la maleta de estilismos primaverales y estivales. Jamás hice una maleta tan poco acertada, pero me apaño con lo que tengo y desafío las inclemencias de este tiempo neoyorquino con una sonrisa y estupendamente…re-mona, como siempre. ;P


^.^

9 comentarios:

Amanda dijo...

Lo de re-mona es obvio, por cierto el verano está a la vuelta de la esquina....ya verás!!!

Rosario dijo...

jejeje
...por aqui sigue lloviendo en plan invierno feo y gris...
muuuuaks!

Antonio dijo...

Si con dos trapillos lo consigues...que se preparen en cuanto salga el sol.
Estoy esperando a ver que efluvios de la Empireor te llegan, ya te imagino de Greta Garbo moderna toda thirties perdida

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