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This Is the Only Building That Would Make You Feel Bad For Its Columns

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This building concept by Royal College of Art graduate Alice Theodorou features columns made to resemble caryatids ("a sculpted female figure serving as an architectural support taking the place of a column or a pillar supporting an entablature on her head"), Atlases, and other Greco-Roman-esque sculptures. That's all well and good—and, to be fair, very cool—but do they have to look so unhappy about it. Google caryatid. Sure, those ladies might be bearing the weight of stone buildings, on their heads, but they're stoic about it. They don't let you see them sweat. The ladies and men bearing the weight of Theodorou's building, by contrast, are positively tortured. Their body language suggests that they really, really don't want to be there, and that they may just drop the whole thing at any second.

Okay, you're saying, but they're just sculptures, and it could be worse. The building is probably going to fall down in a few years anyway, right? Wrong. This building is apparently designed to last 10,000 years.

Those poor, poor sculptures.

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