Digging For Bertha

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Digging for Bertha IV

by Sam Day, 2013, oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches.

$800

I’ve worked in Seattle’s Pioneer Square for over twenty years, and lived there about half of those years. I love the neighborhood’s history, architecture, and people, and have a deep interest in her business and welfare. As Bertha, the world’s largest tunnel boring machine, began to dig the much debated replacement for the crumbling viaduct that has overshadowed this part of town some sixty years, I have paid meticulous attention. I frequently step into Milepost Thirty-One, the temporary museum opened by the Washington State Department of Transportation’s public relations department, to marvel at their models and diagrams, and to hear the latest buzz. In the first week of December, 2013, Bertha ground to a halt about sixty feet below and 250 feet southwest of my studio, about one ninth of the way into her journey. As they set up cranes and a large drill— also the largest of its kind— to find the cause of her obstruction, I took a French easel out into the rain, and began to paint. These paintings are called Digging for Bertha, because at the time of their creation, she could not dig for herself.

Here are a few links to the great controversies about my neighborhood's dig.

WSDOT Earthquake simulation: YouTube video

Wikipedia: Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement tunnel

More DOT stuff

Flickr Pix of Bertha

Digging for Bertha I

by Sam Day, 2013, oil on canvas, 8 x 10 inches.

$150

Digging for Bertha II

by Sam Day, 2013, oil on canvas, 8 x 10 inches.

$150

Digging for Bertha III

by Sam Day, 2013, oil on canvas, 8 x 10 inches.

$150

Digging for Bertha V

by Sam Day, 2013, oil on canvas, 8 x 10 inches.

$150

Digging for Bertha VI

by Sam Day, 2013, oil on canvas, 8 x 10 inches.

$150

Digging for Bertha VI

by Sam Day, 2013, oil on canvas, 8 x 10 inches.

$150


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