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August 2009

The Naked Highline

We begin on a rainy August day, 8/28, with a group of men in hardhats preparing the bed of the glorious walkway we’ll all enjoy later in 2010.  It looks like they’re running some sort of a drainage pipe along the concrete floor.

Soon there are more men:  guys carrying large wooden beams across the wire-meshed underfloor that will soon be covered in freshly-poured concrete.  A fellow in a pretty nifty full-length anorak stands in the concrete toward the northern end. I bet that guy jumped in puddles as a kid.

 

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The Naked Highline, part 2

Before long the concrete has been poured and the smoothing-out process begins. I missed the pouring -– must’ve been at a meeting — but our block was filled with huge trucks and machines and a gigantic giraffe-like contraption that apparently sucked the concrete up to High Line and poured it down for the men who were waiting.


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