Talk about a feat of engineering; did you folks catch the Jamey Stillings work in The New York Times Magazine this weekend? Stillings started this work this March, and has already created some mesmerizing imagery.
From Stillings’ statement:
The Bridge, part of the Hoover Dam bypass project, will eventually divert the majority of traffic off the dam. This engineering project, on par with any national or international project, requires the creation of a 1060-ft twin rib tubular concrete arch springing simultaneously from the Arizona and Nevada sides of the Black Canyon towards their eventual rendezvous approximately 850 feet over the Colorado River. When complete, the 1900 ft bridge will be the longest concrete arch span in the US and the fifth longest in the world.
Check out some of the photographs made thus far (lord knows this man used a tripod. also, a helicopter):
An aerial view of the bridge construction, tower cranes and “high line” system. Hoover Dam is in the background.
The Nevada side of the span.
Workers climbing up the Nevada side of the arch construction to begin their day.
Construction started in 2005, before Americans faced a troubled economy, but as Stillings says, “The notion of spanning that canyon ends up being very symbolic of where we are right now.”
A “high line” system supported by tower cranes on both sides of the canyon facilitates the construction.
Temporary pylons and stay cables act as support during construction.
The wide view…
See more of Stillings’ work, here.