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Picturing Construction – Part 1

Picturing Construction – Part 1

This week, and the next, I’ll be aiming to prove beyond doubt that the construction of engineering works can be just as (if not more) photogenic as the finished architecture. As I’m on holiday for a long weekend it also gets me an out from writing my usual Shakespearean classics for you all; but that’s by the by.

Having spent an instructive afternoon on Flickr, I’d like to share with you some of the highlights of this Creative Commons for picturesque construction…

Under Construction

Under Construction

Dividing the Skies.

This photo, apparently taken from the window view of Pedro Moura Pinheiro in Lisbon (Portugal), caught my eye immediately. The way the boon divides the outrageously orange sky is enough to make you wonder why film makers choose to have the cranes CG’d out of the skylines of their movies.



The Perfect Dark

I discovered too late that this is actually a picture of Juan Camilo Trujillo’s partially built house. Whilst not usually the realms of Civil Engineering, construction is construction; and the silhouetted figure next to a working platform lit like a beacon almost makes me long for those night shifts on the rails.

Construction of the Statue’s Pedestal

Construction of the Statue's Pedestal

Hard Top Hats.

I have a soft spot for the ye-olde construction photos, and frankly you’re all lucky this post isn’t just five sepia windows. This shot of the Statue of Liberty from the National Parks Service, however, really embodies that pioneering attitude, with engineers in suits and top hats, that arguably the industry has lost these last decades.

MMVA 2012 Construction

MMVA 2012 Construction

Join The Party!

It’s not often that construction works get the dynamic lighting treatment of their completed forms, but this capture of the Much Music Award stage in Toronto by Sam Javanrouh gives these temporary works an aesthetic of their own; frankly it almost makes it a shame to finish!

Soldier Keeps Watch

Soldier Keeps Watch During Construction of Route Trident in Helmand, Afghanistan

Risk Assessment.

If you want a demonstration of how important civil engineering is, you needn’t look further than this photo published by the UK Ministry of Defence. The thought that the construction of infrastructure is so vital that it warrants undertaking in a war zone is fairly sobering. The digger shown is laying the foundations for ‘Route Trident‘ in Helmand, Afganistan, which, as well as helping resupply patrol bases, is also aimed at enabling trade and commerce for the local people.

A lot of the photos and fonts I use for Being Brunel are Creative Commons artistry. If you want to find out more about the people who have crafted and shared these fantastic resources check out the Attributions page.

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  1. VoxPop

    Way to go, CEs !!

  2. Sorry but most of those on Statue Pillar are workers in suits and bowlers not engineers in suits and toppers.

    • I often find myself thinking that pedantry must be a required skill of engineering 🙂

      – Anyway, nice to learn the difference between an engineer and a worker is in the hat!


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