(Photo Credit: Concrete Forms in Water Tunnel  by Gina LeVay)

Concrete Forms in Water Tunnel, a photograph from Gina LeVay’s Sandhog Project, was selected for the Director’s Honorable Mention in the Center’s “Elements of Water” exhibition. LeVay’s series had a large-scale installation at Grand Central Terminal in 2006 and was published last fall by powerHouse Books as a book entitled Sandhogs

What are Sandhogs, you ask?

LeVay describes them as the following in her artist statement:

“Sandhogs are miners who are 800 feet below the streets of Manhattan, tunneling bedrock to create the largest capital project in NYC’s history–the 60 mile long City Water Tunnel #3. The future of Gotham depends on the efforts of these unseen miners. This new water channel will supplement the two existing, decrepit tunnels and prevent a catastrophic water shortage in the city. Their imminent completion of the tunnel will ensure that fresh, clean water continues to flow to every resident of the city. Soon, 1.5 billion gallons of water will flow through the channel daily, delivering water to the entire city. My project not only sparks the public’s imagination and interest of the subterranean and sandhogs but celebrates this historic and monumental feat of engineering.”

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