The art of light-rail construction

Anyone who has spent any time watching the light-rail construction in the Twin Cities probably understands the artistic side of construction workers. Sometimes it’s the gentle touch of a backhoe digging around a gas line. Lately it’s been this:


This is the installation of reinforcement bar — rebar — for the track. Each long piece of steel is cut, bent, fit into place and welded, much as an metal artist would do, creating a beautiful symmetry of design.


The difference between the artist and the construction worker/artist, is when the work is completed, they dump a bunch of concrete on it, and nobody ever knows it’s there.


One must suffer for one’s art.