Then and Now: Roller Coaster Steelworkers at Alton Towers Recreate ‘Lunch Atop a Skyscraper’

Save for a few differences, this modern recreation of an iconic photograph is almost spot-on!

Lunch Atop a Skyscraper by Charles Ebbets. Photo via Wikipedia

We’ve all seen and admired the iconic photograph *_Lunch Atop a Skyscraper_* by American photographer Charles Ebbets. Depicting 11 workers bravely having their break while sitting on a girder that’s hanging hundreds of feet in the air, it’s certainly one of those snapshots that only a few men can and would dare copy at any given point in time. Case in point, these two recreations that we’ve stumbled upon on Google, taken in Perth, Australia and London, United Kingdom, respectively:

Photos via Joe.ie and The Daily Mail.

However, we’d have to say that the closest attempt that we’ve seen so far would have to be this one by 10 steelworkers of The Smiler rollercoaster at the UK’s Alton Towers Resort. Two differences that one can easily spot are that it wasn’t taken on a girder hanging hundreds of feet in the air, and that the group in the picture lack one member and were wearing harnesses! Those aside, though, it was also taken in black and white, and their poses and the clothes they’re wearing were strikingly similar to the original!

Photo via Alton Towers

According to Alton Tower’s Facebook page, this feat was done “to celebrate their hard work and to mark the completion of The Smiler.” The Smiler, by the way, opened in May last year and currently holds the world record for having the most track inversions on any roller coaster at 14.

All information in this article were sourced from Gizmodo, Alton Towers on Facebook, and Wikipedia via Petapixel.

You might also want to check out these related articles on the Lomography magazine:

*Influential Photographs: Lunch atop a Skyscraper, 1932 by Charles Ebbets*

*'Men at Lunch' Documentary Tells Story Behind 'Lunch atop a Skyscraper'*

written by chooolss on 2014-03-27 in #lifestyle #lunch-atop-a-skyscraper #then-and-now #alton-towers #the-smiler #charles-ebbets

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