Photographer: Curt Chandler
Date: March 10, 2008
Place: Liberty Avenue and 24th Street, Downtown, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County
Why this sign?
This sign is on the Ironworkers Local #3 Apprenticeship Training Center. I originally planned to shoot this picture on a sunny day, but the gloomy winter weather hearkens back more to Pittsburgh's industrial past. The buildings in the background were built as proud testaments to the city's Steeltown past. The Mellon Building was originally erected for the Dravo company, which built landing craft during WWII. The building on the right, of course, is the USX Tower, built as headquarters for U.S. Steel.
Posted by Mark at March 25, 2008 2:18 PM
I love that this sign refers to itself -- that it's built of i-beams.
People work in office buildings made of i-beams, but ironworkers don't. Their work is to build offices; but if there weren't the need for office buildings, the ironworkers wouldn't put up the i-beams. Maybe that's when they spray-paint block letters on the side of i-beams saying that they are busy building offices.
Right now, I'm sitting in my cozy office, thinking about those ironworkers, while they're attaching large pieces of steel in cold weather.
Posted by: Registered User at March 25, 2008 2:45 PM