The art of light-rail construction

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:

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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.

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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.

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One must suffer for one’s art.

  • jon

    Perhaps archaeologists some day will look back and wonder why it is that we put so many grids of iron in place only to allow them to become covered by rock sand and water.