The Grand Pour at The Perfect Exposure Gallery

I’m super happy to share that I have work hanging in my 3rd show of the year! This time, I have a photograph at The Perfect Exposure Gallery as part of their group show Aesthetics, which exclusively showcases black and white photography. I have chosen (and was selected!) to show this photograph of The Grand Pour:

The Grand Pour, construction site of the Wilshire Grand Tower among the skyscrapers of Downtown Los Angeles

On view at The Perfect Exposure Gallery: The Grand Pour, a record-setting cement pour laying the foundation for the Wilshire Grand, soon-to-be the tallest skyscraper in the Western US. Los Angeles, CA 2014

I’d read that the Turner construction company were going to attempt to set a new Guiness World Record for the longest continuous cement pour as they build the foundation for the new Wilshire Grand Tower. I immediately called my dad, a cement truck driver, to ask if he knew about it (of course he did!) and whether he would be involved (sadly, no). The Grand Pour, as they named the event, started on Saturday February 14th, 2014. They used hundreds of trucks driving back and forth making thousands of trips to pour cement into funnels and pumps set up at the construction site.

On Sunday morning, the day the pour was set to end, I got an early morning call from my dad. With a few hours to go, more cement was needed. CalPortland subcontracted my dad’s company to help them, and my dad was loaded up and driving into downtown LA. I packed my gear and hopped on a train to meet him there (playing hooky from work, of course). I’m surprised I found him among the long lines of trucks, but once I did he told me where to go for a good view.

Trucks line up to deliver cement during The Grand Pour

Trucks line up to deliver cement during The Grand Pour. Los Angeles, CA 2014.

I took a digital camera, with which I documented the even as I walked around. But I knew I’d have a unique view of the LA skyline and of this building in progress, so I took my Hasselblad as well. The image on display at The Perfect Exposure gallery was photographed on 120mm Fuji Acros 100 film on my Hasselblad 500c.

The Grand Pour

This is not where you want to be when the cement trucks start blaring their horns in celebration of a World Record!

I was walking at street level around the cement trucks when the pour was completed at around 11:30 am on Sunday. The truck drivers blared their horns in unison to celebrate a job well done and a Guiness World Record set. The workers I saw walking around looked very satisfied with their efforts.

The Grand Pour

The Grand Pour

The Grand Pour

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, shortly before it was demolished to make way for the current construction project. Hasselblad film photograph. December 2012.

The Wilshire Grand Hotel, shortly before it was demolished to make way for the current construction project. Hasselblad film photograph. December 2012.

The Grand Pour, and the show Aesthetics runs through December 28, 2015.