On March 23, 1857 the first commercial hydraulic lift was installed in the E.V. Haughwout Building in Manhattan putting in motion the vertical building boom that continues to this day.  It was Elisha Graves Otis who made all of this possible.  While not the inventor of the elevator,  he contributed something much more important… the brake.

Watching footage of swaying buildings in Japan from the recent earthquake, it is hard not to marvel at the work of engineers who design our modern skyscapers.  Artist Amy Park scales the heights with her delicate watercolors.

Gallery representation: Morgan Lehman Gallery