For Sparky and myself, curiosity drives passion which in turn fuels our life's engine. Our passion was capturing the story of both unbuilding the Grace (1929 - 2007) and Pearman (1966 - 2007) Bridges and discovering the unbuilders. It takes a lot of passion to track a project from July 2005 until April 2007 - rain, shine, hurricanes or moving to Singapore. We discovered the joy of discovery learning. Ken Canty opened the front door for us - then Steve Testa, Ponch Billingsley and Mickey Rogers opened many side doors. Below are the highlights of what we discovered, who we met and what we learned.
And a reminder from T.S. Eliot (East Coker from the Four Quartets)
Home is where one starts from. As we grow older The world becomes stranger, the pattern more complicated Of dead and living. Not the intense moment Isolated, with no before and after, But a lifetime burning in every moment And not the lifetime of one man only But of old stones that cannot be deciphered.
For orientation: click to see the unbuilding site. The three towers on the right with the swimming pool is our home in Singapore. To the left of the tower to the left of our pool are the two HDB blocks. The nearer one is currently under unbuilding. The one to the left is being prepared. To the right of our apartment complex are the MRT tracks (above ground subway here) with the MRT station near the top right of the map.
Here is the worksite
This is where most of the action is today. This region is the ground floor of the building. Over the day, the excavators will transplant this region to somewhere and work down to the foundation
Here is Michael's hammer working on punching through the ground floor
Now its 11:25 am and most of the floor in the center region is gone
To the left - not much action
In the center, you can see a few basement wall sections still in place
Now its 4 pm and the excavators are down to the foundation
Most of the action is in the center, taking down the basement walls
And Michael's hammer - in a sort of reverse position
Working on unbuilding the basement walls
A closer view. The grapple in the back is digging around the foundation while the hammers are working on the walls
Now its 4:45 pm and gone is the wall
and work continues on breaking the foundation up into small bite-size pieces
And the result of a day's unbuilding
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C. Frank Starmer