In mid-February of 2014, the tallest building in the west commenced construction with an all-night concrète pour in downtown Los Angeles. A Korean conglomerate is constructing the Wilshire Grand, which will be 73 stories tall. A Guinness record was set that night.
The tallest building in the west is being built in Los Angeles.
This firm seemed to be the lead contractor.
I was not allowed anywhere near the huge pit, so I had to make photographs from the sidewalk, behind the barricades.
There were, of course, many bystanders. And many of them snapping photos.
First off, the Big Pour happened, an all-night long concrete pour.
One of the camera-ready cement trucks.
Virtually all of the cement trucks were either new, recently refurbished or just very clean. It was a big payday for all involved, lots of media present, so everyone was looking particularly classy for… a construction site.
About three years ago, AECOM sent me to Pittsburgh in the dead of winter to photograph the almost-completed North Shore Connector subway project. Watching the three iron workers put together the ventillator system in riduculously cramped areas was really amazing. With math and logic they moved thèse huge and bulky métal cabinets around with almost zéro room to spare. The fans themselves were beautiful designs, as you can see for yourself.
On our way to baggage claim in Pittsburgh, we came across this scale model of a T-Rex.
Readying one of the huge fans to be moved into position.
The reverse angle of the blade preparation.
A somewhat abstrait view of the fan blades being tested.
This strap was part of a complex move the workers employed to move one of the units into place.
One of the iron workers reflected in a piece of the infrastructure.
My client used these in color but I preferred many of them in B&W.
Another abstract of the blades while being tested prior to installation.
It’s the unseen corners of places that attract me.
This, I would say, is a good example of art just occurring naturally. This is a tarp inside one of the Connector tunnels, presumably protecting the walls from, well, everything.