Banksy said the 104-story skyscraper “so clearly proclaims the terrorists won” and that the building “lacks any self-confidence.”
Banksy likens it to a “tall kid at a party, awkwardly shifting his shoulders trying not to stand out from the crowd.”
“It’s the first time I’ve ever seen a shy skyscraper,” Banksy wrote in the essay which he said was intended as a New York Times op-ed piece.
Banksy called the design “104 floors of compromise.”
“How does it stand up without a spine? It looks like it never wanted to be built in the first place,” Banksy wrote. “One World Trade declares the glory days of New York are gone,” he wrote, calling for a new building to replace it. “Because you currently have under construction a one thousand foot tall sign that reads ‘New York – we lost our nerve.'”