One gi­ant leap for feats

Pasatiempo - - Mixed Media - — Paul Wei­de­man

Na­ture is of­ten awe-in­spir­ing, but so are peo­ple feats — like the con­struc­tion of the Mike O’Cal­laghan-Pat Till­man Me­mo­rial Bridge, span­ning the Ari­zona and Ne­vada sides of the Colorado River at Black Canyon, south­east of the Hoover Dam.

Jamey Still­ings’ fan­tas­tic pho­to­graphs of the mam­moth pro­ject — the long­est con­crete arch span in North Amer­ica — were fea­tured at Photo-eye Gallery in Novem­ber 2009. A new show of his im­ages at the gallery in­cludes con­struc­tion shots and views of the com­pleted struc­ture.

Still­ings pho­tos be­gan when the Ore­gon na­tive came upon this por­tion of the Hoover Dam By­pass Pro­ject while on a road trip in March 2009. He re­mained at the site for 24 hours, us­ing his cam­era to cap­ture the un­der­tak­ings. Dur­ing the fol­low­ing months, he was a fre­quent visi­tor

and recorded the erec­tion of the two halves of a 1,060-foot, twin-rib, tubu­lar con­crete arch. The arch was com­pleted in sum­mer 2009, and then work­ers had to build a se­ries of tall struts and fi­nally the road­way above them.

Some of the best of Still­ings’ award-win­ning pho­tos were taken at dawn and dusk, show­ing both the bridge and the con­struc­tion lights, or from a dis­tant high per­spec­tive, look­ing down on this to­tally im­pres­sive pro­ject and its en­vi­rons. Photo-eye, 376-A Gar­cia St., has an open­ing for Jamey Still­ings —

The Bridge at Hoover Dam from 4 to 7 p.m. on Fri­day, April 8. For de­tails, call the gallery at 988-5152.

Jamey Still­ings: Aerial View (de­tail), July 31, 2010, pig­ment ink print

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