One giant leap for feats
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