Thursday, September 06, 2007

demolition


They've been verrry slowly demolishing this building about a half-block from my work. About a year ago, when I started my job, the open pit you see here was an ugly, seventies-style, ten-story building. They started at the top and took it down floor by floor until they finally ended up with a giant hole about negative three stories tall. Apparently, they weren't allowed to just dynamite the thing because it's located just a few blocks from the White House.

Anyway, the weird buttressing posts caught my eye, as did the leftover morsel of underground parking garage still stuck to them.

4 comments:

Eugene said...

Construction/demolition sites are really cool. In my younger and crazier years, I was an engineer building the Petronas Twin Towers. I go to the site almost every day, and one of the coolest things that you can see is how the scenery changes each day. One day there is a dirt road through one place...the next it's a humongous hole dug to put in yet one more thing that upper management wanted in the last minute.

I am sure you have seen those speed-up movies of construction sites, but it never beats actually experiencing it in literally slow-mo....

Tim said...

Hey Eugene, yeah I remember some of your crazy stories about building the towers. I doubt this one will be quite that tall however =) Probably office space.

Karen said...

I love the awareness of the change in everyday things. It reminds me of that great shot you took again and again outside you apartment in Chicago.

Tim said...

Hi Mom, taking the Chicago pictures was a lot of fun. Seeing the building demolished would have made a great time-lapse movie too, but I would worry that the secret service might bust me for taking too many pictures...