These kinds of things are what holds up Frisco’s State Building in Civic Center:
Normally you can’t see them, but Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP designed a nice window for at least one:
Why? Because it’s resting on 288 eight-foot hydraulic seismic dampers. Like this one:
You see, they’ve helpfully cut a hole in the wall just to show you one. It looks at first as if it’s some kind of sculptured art. Read the sign for details:
So when the big shake comes, you won’t feel a thing. Hurray!