When Dave Greer learned that One Wilshire sold for $437.5 million, the highest price per square foot ever paid for a downtown Los Angeles office building, he started “the plummet down the rabbit hole” to understand the physical infrastructure behind the Internet.
As the New York Times highlighted recently in an article titled “The Internet I.R.L.,” part of Greer’s research is an ongoing photographic project “to make the invisible visible.” As the Times notes, Greer has traveled up and down the East Coast and Los Angeles to photograph important elements in the modern Internet’s infrastructure.
These buildings are hidden in plain sight; they are as pervasive and subtle as the Internet often is in our own lives. In their own way, however, these buildings are also quite beautiful. Many of them, like Telx’s ATL1 at 56 Marietta and NYC3 at 32 Avenue of the Americas, have roots in older buildings with rich histories and deep connections to the telecommunications industry. Though subtle, these buildings scattered throughout the country are an essential part of the Internet we all know and love today.
Greer’s photo series, viewable as a slideshow here, features several buildings and landmarks including 56 Marietta, 32 Avenue of the Americas, and One Wilshire. If you’ve ever wondered what the Internet looks like, we recommend that you head over to the New York Times and check out “The Internet I.R.L.”