Changing the face of Charleston : The unbuilding of the Grace and Pearman Bridges
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August 8, 2005: It started today

Each 2nd Monday, Jack Alterman offers a public presentation of some aspect of photography. From the Post and Courier, I learned that tonight's program was with David Russin who discussed "self assignment, creating photographic art". Since I "self assigned" myself tracking the construction of the Ravenel Bridge and have just reassigned myself to tracking the unbuilding (demolition) of the Grace and Cooper Bridges, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to learn more about my weekend project.

After the session, I suddenly noted that a segment of the Pearman on ramp was absent. With night racing toward me there was little light for capturing the first demolition event. Here are the first photos of sleeping bridge eaters:

My first look - with billboard, sleeping bridge eaters and bridge fragments

From Saturday's survey - note the number "9" on the column above and compare with Saturday's photo below (from a different angle)

Just fun displays of what was and now what is not

Here you can clearly see rebar fragments protruding from the prestressed girders

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