Notes From Underground

January 6, 2006

Eight hundred feet below Manhattan, workers known as “sandhogs” have been working for several years tunneling NYC’s 60-mile-long City Water Tunnel #3. This subterranean workforce is the subject of “The Sandhog Project,” Gina LeVay’s (MFA 2004 Photography, Video and Related Media) new exhibition of photography and video works on display January 9 – 14 in Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall.

LeVay’s multi-media exhibition centers on 8-foot-tall portraits of the metropolitan miners, which are mounted on cylindrical light boxes — a series of columns that evoke the underground site’s central passage and frame a large video projection, which is shot from the perspective of a sandhog moving along the tracks of the tunnel’s transport train. The work is the culmination of more than two years spent documenting the sandhogs and their work deep beneath the city’s surface.

Image: © 2005 Gina LeVay.

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