Here is a link to this week's article in the Monterey County Weekly about my documenting the San Clemente Dam Removal .
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Being involved in documenting the project, I had the opportunity to be invited to the Granite Family Fun Day at the project site. We got to wander the whole site on our own! So I did just that! I got to view the canyon that is now free of the dam for the most part and the machinery up close, the step pool construction, large woody debris piles and more. Walking along the face of the mountain cut, I saw sprouts of alder trees coming up through the cracks of the rocks..so the site is already beginning to restore itself. The step pool construction is fascinating to see, intricately and carefully constructed deep pools banked to flow like a river. It will be intriguing to see what happens this winter when the river has the first opportunity to flow through this whole site and not be stopped by a dam.
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Working on an 8x10" painting of the last top part of the dam to be demolished. The part I was waiting to see happen was for the "stovepipe" to come down...The photo below shows the jackhammer operator judiciously hammering away at the base of the structure...
This is my second opportunity to be at the overlook from the Dormody land to watch the demolition process. I hope to be able to paint three more images over the course of the next three weeks showing the take down in four parts...the last painting will show the dam gone! That's the plan anyways!
See the difference in size of people to machinery and work to be accomplished!
I had the opportunity to have a first rate view of the first day of the demolition of the San Clemente Dam. I was there almost all day doing sketches and a small painting and lots of photos, video and sound recordings. I will be going there for the next few weeks to document the demolition as it continues.
It is strange feeling to see it being destroyed....so many man hours went into creating it ninety-four years ago. As far as structures go, it is a graceful construction. But what a difference it will make for the river's health when it can flow unimpeded.
You have done such a good job personifying this huge dam that I am saddened by its demolition. I imagine all the memories that it holds expiring as the concrete falls.... Diane Berthoin-Hernandez
Thank you, Diane. It is an interesting idea to think of the stories embedded in the concrete and now being released in the dust and air...
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