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Underground Cabling Photographic Tour #2

September 14th, 2006 at 10:18am

Back in March I conducted a photograpic tour to document the underground cabling work being done to supply power to a new building in Civic, in early August I conducted another tour to provide an update on the progress of the cabling and the building.

I am pleased to report that since the first photographic tour, all of the cabling work has been completed, and all of the holes in the ground have been dug over. The building is also coming along nicely, as can be seen in some of these photos.

Firstly, let me remind you of the route taken by the cabling.
Map of underground cabling work

Back in March, the corner of Limestone Avenue and Coranderrk Street, which had some unrelated cabling work, looked like this

Limestone Avenue and Coranderrk Street in March 2006

In August it looked like this
The corner of Coranderrk Street and Limestone Avenue in August 2006
The corner of Coranderrk Street and Limestone Avenue in August 2006

I then moved on to the Mount Ainslie Substation where I got some better photos than last time
Mount Ainslie substation in August 2006

I noticed that there seems to be a telecommunications device of some sort right next to the substation…it looks to be too small to be a phone tower, so I can only assume that it is a device setup to enable ActewAGL to monitor the substation remotely.
Mount Ainslie substation in August 2006
Mount Ainslie substation in August 2006
Mount Ainslie substation in August 2006

The areas which needed to have grass replanted have been covered in straw

Mount Ainslie in March 2006

Mount Ainslie in August 2006
Mount Ainslie in August 2006

This is the view looking down the fairly straight path to Limestone Avenue
Mount Ainslie in August 2006

I then attempted to replicate a photo I took in March, with little luck due to being unfamiliar with the modes of the camera.

Underground cabling building in March 2006

Underground Cabling building from Mount Ainslie in August 2006

As I continued towards Limestone Avenue, I spotted some wildlife, firstly a magpie
Magpie on Mount Ainslie in August 2006
Magpie on Mount Ainslie in August 2006

And some kangaroos (alongside Batman Street, which is actually called Quick Street on the Ainslie side of Limestone Avenue)
Kangaroos on Mount Ainslie in August 2006
Kangaroos on Mount Ainslie in August 2006

And some birds
Birds on Mount Ainslie in August 2006
Birds on Mount Ainslie in August 2006

And more kangaroos
Kangaroos on Mount Ainslie in August 2006

On Limestone Avenue there is more straw
Limestone Avenue in August 2006
Limestone Avenue in August 2006

From the corner of Limestone Avenue and Allambee Street, the underground cabling building can be seen.
Underground Cabling Building from Limstone Avenue in August 2006

More magpies in trees on Allambee Street
Magpies on Allambee Street in August 2006

In March, this area had a fence around it

Allambee Street in March 2006
Allambee Street in March 2006

Allambee Street in August 2006

And another spot which had a fence around it, this spot is in fact the spot which was the location of a photo and video of a horizontal directional drilling machine at work.
Allambee Street in August 2006

From a little bit further down Allambee Street the building looked like this in March

Underground Cabling Bauilding from Allambee Street in March 2006

Underground Cabling Building from Allambee Street in August 2006

The corner where Allambee Street becomes Currong Street has changed a bit too!

Corner of Allambee and Currong Street in March 2006

Corner of Allambee Street and Currong Street in August 2006

From near the corner of Currong and Boolee Streets I had a very clear view of the Underground Cabling Building.
Underground Cabling Building from Currong Street in August 2006

And more straw at the corner of Currong and Boolee Streets
The corner of Currong and Boolee Streets in August 2006

From the intersection of Boolee and Ballumbir (err, sorry, they changed it to Cooyong Street for some painfully pointless reason) Streets
Underground Cabling Building from the corner of Cooyong and Boolee Streets in August 2006

In March I took a photo of the building from the lawn above final leg of the cable journey

Underground Cabling Building in March 2006

Underground Cabling Building from the corner of Cooyong and Boolee Streets in August 2006

And then set about taking more photos of the building
Underground Cabling Building in August 2006
Underground Cabling Building in August 2006

Look! Another magpie!
Underground Cabling Building in August 2006

More from the building
Underground Cabling Building in August 2006
Underground Cabling Building in August 2006
Underground Cabling Building in August 2006

Better cross the road
Underground Cabling Building in August 2006

Some more photos before I do
Underground Cabling Building in August 2006
Underground Cabling Building in August 2006

In March

Underground Cabling Building in March 2006

Now
Underground Cabling Building in August 2006
Underground Cabling Building in August 2006

Window washing?
Underground Cabling Building in August 2006

It was around about here that a passer-by informed me that he had “seen better buildings”…perhaps, but I wasn’t there for the cosmetics, I was there to document Canberra’s changing skyline.
Underground Cabling Building in August 2006

Another magpie
Magpie watching the Underground Cabling Building in August 2006

Things have changed since March

Underground Cabling Building in March 2006
Underground Cabling Building in March 2006

Underground Cabling Building in August 2006
Underground Cabling Building in August 2006
Underground Cabling Building in August 2006
Underground Cabling Building in August 2006
Underground Cabling Building in August 2006
Underground Cabling Building in August 2006
Underground Cabling Building in August 2006
Underground Cabling Building in August 2006
Underground Cabling Building in August 2006
Underground Cabling Building in August 2006
Underground Cabling Building in August 2006

Back in March, the building looked a tad less finished from the bridge over Coranderrk Street which leads to the CIT Reid Campus

Underground Cabling Building from bridge over Coranderrk Street in March 2006

Underground Cabling Building from bridge over Coranderrk Street in August 2006

Due to a recent photograpic tour of a different part of Canberra by another person on another website, being conducted by means of trespassing, I wish to assure you that I have, at no stage during my photographic tours, trespassed. The closest I get to building sites is sticking the lens of the camera through the peep holes.

Samuel

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  • 1. Chuck A. Spear  |  September 14th, 2006 at 12:24 pm

    Arghh. These Photos are of nothing remotely interesting. They are the worst photos on the entire planet.

    Samuel, are you serious dude?

    I can see where you are going with the before and after thing but geezus.

    I did find Wally though.

    I have to conceed that these photos are from Kairnberra. Come to another capital city and progress is being made everywhere – all the time. You can’t get any piece and quite. There is always some %$%$ wielding a hammer or saw.

    Serenity now.

  • 2. John B1_B5  |  September 14th, 2006 at 6:28 pm

    Whew… a lot of scrolling involved to get through those photos.
    Glad you managed to get all those pics without resorting to tresspassing !

  • 3. Captain Flume  |  September 15th, 2006 at 2:00 am

    I think there’s room for one more.
    Incidentally, was the magpie in question tame or angry. Did you greet it warmly? How about the duck? llo to things. I say ‘hello alarm clock’ and ‘hello pants’.

    Kangeroos are vermin though. They are becoming a dangerous problem in downtown Kairnberra by running around eating all the grass and scaring birds and frightening all the insects. I also think it is they who are responsible for digging up these cables. The magpies are acting as lookouts and the ducks are causing a diversion.

    I’m going to forward these satellite photos through to Jack Bauer at CTU. I’ll get him to work them up in the field and feed me any intell on the cables to my cell.

    I’m on it. Blli-ing.

  • 4. Chuck A. Spear  |  September 15th, 2006 at 3:10 am

    There is room for one more. One of Samuel. These photos are a dime a dozen now. However, photos of Samuel are rare nowadays. I have seen fakes though at Sotherby’s, right next to counterfeit Dlognwot works of art.

    Just like Hitcock’s Birds, these ones look like they are planning a massacre. Be scared. Very Scared.

  • 5. Loki  |  September 15th, 2006 at 9:34 am

    I think this are a very nice series of photographs, and I am seriously thinking of talking to Samuel to gain permission to reproduce them as a screen saver slide show on my computer at work.

    I looked closely, and Samuel has been diligent enough to capture different magpies in almost every photograph (they each have distinctive markings, you know).

    I will be “supersizing” the images to try and verify if the same kangaroo appears twice, which will be a nice distraction this afternoon.

    But Chuck, I think you are being very harsh when you say this photographic essay presents “nothing remotely interesting”.

    Speaking for myself, they are challenging and dramatic. Take the first two for example – in the first there is a hole and in the second the hole is gone, and Samuel has done a splendid job in documenting this.

    Later in the series you will find another piece of ground where there used to be a hole – as evidenced in the preceding photograph.

    It is also inspiring to see the lawn is sprouting with the onset of spring where the holes used to be.

    And it’s very nice to see the magpies taking an interest in Samuel and Nattie on their walks.

  • 6. Samuel  |  September 15th, 2006 at 12:03 pm

    Go right ahead Loki

  • 7. Chuck A. Spear  |  September 15th, 2006 at 2:29 pm

    That would be very soothing Loki – to a blind person.

    The two photo’s I find interesting are number 9 and 10.

    In number 9 there seems to be a green shopping bag just in frame to the left.

    Is Samuel planning an attack on Kairnberra via a recycling bag bomb?

    A clue to this is his photo of the sign that says “Demolition in Progress.”

    Number 10 is my favourite. I think it says it all.

    Don’t be distracted by the magpies and roos Loki. This is a message of destrusction and so close to 9/11 too.

    Coincidence?

  • 8. Loki  |  September 15th, 2006 at 4:10 pm

    All sounds a bit way out to me Chuck.

    Looking at it logically, I would say that was a bag for Nattie’s treats, the digital camera and an AM Radio.

    Perusing the archives of this site, I see some similar very odd assertions have been made about Samuel’s artworks.

    Well, I am prepared to put these theories to the ultimate test.

    I recently went to an open air 3-D film festival and I still have the glasses. They will need some repair as there was a deluge half way through the second feature, which played havoc with the corrugated cardboard frames, but it’s nothing some staples and sticky tape can’t fix.

    I will peruse the whole Dolgnwort (I think that’s how it’s spelt) series with the 3-D glasses and put this rubbish to an end once and for all.

    I think Samuel’s art is just that – art – no hidden messages or any other oddities.

    That said, I will need to tread carefully with my propsed Samuel screen saver.

    Samuel, I just have to ask, although you weren’t technically on the property when you took the photographs though the holes in the fence, did you zoom out your camera’s lens?

    Having part of your equipment protruding on to private property could put us both in to very sensitive legal territory!

    And Chuck, those magpie and kangaroo pictures take me from the office to some serene, wide open, spaces.

    I do wish you could be a bit more positive!

  • 9. Samuel  |  September 15th, 2006 at 4:20 pm

    The bag was for the camera, my radio, and my phone.

    Thankfully the camera lens is one that, once the camera is turned on, extends as far as it will ever need to…and for this series of photos I didn’t even have to use peepholes, just held the camera at a height where it could clearly see over the shadecloth shrouded fence!

  • 10. Captain Flume  |  September 16th, 2006 at 12:35 am

    Are you sure the bag didn’t contain the whites? The ringer cannot look empty.

  • 11. Captain Flume  |  September 16th, 2006 at 12:36 am

    Dude threw out a ringer for a ringer.

  • 12. Chuck A. Spear  |  September 16th, 2006 at 2:42 am

    In the words of a former contributor to this blog:

    Calmer than you are

  • 13. Chuck A. Spear  |  September 16th, 2006 at 2:55 am

    I like your idea of a Samuel screen saver Loki. I strongly advise you to go through the archives of this site to familiarise yourself with the world that is SGS. Samuel’s pieces of art are grand and are worthy of being hung next to Picasso at the NGV.

    Samuel, taking pictures of things being erected whilst looking through peepholes and peering over the shadecloth shrouded fence is a healthy way for a young man to spend an afternoon. Although the photos don’t arouse or stimulate me, I applaud the fact that your are documenting the laying of cables.

  • 14. John B1_B5  |  September 16th, 2006 at 9:11 am

    It was a marvellous tour packed full of interesting photos . Just required a lot of scrolling down, is all .

    The bottom line is that ALL the photos were taken without committing the criminal act of TRESPASSING.

  • 15. Chuck A. Spear  |  September 20th, 2006 at 9:54 pm

    I thought the bottom line was this:

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