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Picturing Construction – Part 2

Picturing Construction – Part 2

Welcome to the second half of this two part series on picturesque construction. Given that a picture is worth a thousand words, I think it’s fair to say you haven’t been short-changed during these last two weeks while I’ve been out of the country. So here’s another short story for you all…

Construction Tunnel

Construction Tunnel

Gates of Scaffold.

I try not to use this godforsaken phrase, but; when I went travelling, I went to Japan, and one of my favourite sites was the Fushimi Inari-taisha; where almost the whole of the forest path is covered by read torii gates. This photo by Joshua Rothhass manages to evoke the same effect looking through the scaffold for the Euclid Corridor in Cleveland, where it seems a little paint goes a long way.

Night in Japan

Night in Japan

Under A Guiding Star.

God knows how “Derek A” managed to get this photo from such an angle. But with the focal light and surrounding shadow it really adds some romance to the fairly robust job of manhole installation and maintenance! (Although I’m not sure how much I rate the health and safety…)

Marina Bay Construction Site

Marina Bay Construction Site

Holiday Destination.

At a glace this photo from Jordan looks like something that should be on the front of a Thomas Cook brochure. It’s only when you take a studied look that the works being to show. Makes me envious; all my site visits were in the dreary old English weather…

SCRTD Metro Rail Construction (1929)

SCRTD Metro Rail Construction (1929)

The Earth Moves.

This unnamed photographer archived by the Metro Library should be congratulated on such a fly picture of a crane-mounted rotary rig (thank you @mattmglx) in operation [ed. I have no idea what it is with me and geotechnical jokes…]. It looks like the earth is fountaining from the ground like a scene with those lucky prospectors who struck oil in days of old.

Church Construction Near Lake

Church Construction Near Lake

Like a Flying Boat

Although it is not actually a boat; these temporary works captured by Brooke Anderson seem more akin to the construction of airships from my Final Fantasy days than the apex of a church roof. Flying ships or no; it goes to show that a half-completed structure is often more interesting than its completed form.

Construction Barrel Monster

Construction Barrel Monster

Construction = Fun.

I really wish the rest of the road building world had the sense of fun that these workers, (and their Barrel Monster as photographed by Eric Merrill) obviously do. Frankly, I’d even forgive the buggers who are digging up the end of my road for the delays if they finished up with something like this!

I’ll be back next week with something more substantial (hopefully).

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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