Anyone who has spent any time watching the light-rail construction in the Twin Cities probably understands the artistic side of construction workers. Sometimes it’s the gentle touch of a backhoe digging around a gas line. Lately it’s been this:
This is the installation of reinforcement bar — rebar — for the track. Each long piece of steel is cut, bent, fit into place and welded, much as an metal artist would do, creating a beautiful symmetry of design.
The difference between the artist and the construction worker/artist, is when the work is completed, they dump a bunch of concrete on it, and nobody ever knows it’s there.
One must suffer for one’s art.
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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