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.
A more interesting sunset
The paving machine (Bidwell?)
The rebar grid
A closer look at the rebar grid resting on top of the metal base (don't know the proper name for the sheet metal understructure)
and looking back
More of the pier substructure
In the trade - this is known as a crane crossing
The remaining substructures
The walkway to the to-be-built extension of the pier
The worksite barge and Pearman bases
Looking back down the walkway - the concrete floor girders
A typical Sparky art photo - between the girders. Remember when Bob McCabe and his team were unbuilding these girders? Our ironworker acrobats suspended in mid air attaching the cables from the lift bar. Well this is what happens when you rebuild what Bob and his group unbuilt. Nice story.
Another crane crossing
and a better view
and night time sets over the port
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C. Frank Starmer