Friday, May 29, 2015

The Man on the Steeple Base

I spied a man on the steeple base this morning.
I had almost forgotten how beautiful the steeple is.
There was so much to see today.  Dirt will soon go over this black fabric.
There is a lot of work on the east side.
More dirt was delivered.
This the last fancy light post.
A lone mason worked at the base of the fountain.
My camera caught something interesting.
Notice the egg-and-dart pattern around this spout which matches the design on the fountain.
I watched this man work at the base of the southeast tower.  I could not figure out what he was doing.
When I got home, I saw that my camera had captured holes in the concrete along the southeast and northeast tower stairs. The man is responsible for these.
I saw new fence posts along the east side.
There are a lot of posts.
The construction fence on the right blocks the view of the new posts.
Ultimately, the construction fence will go away.
A wide walkway will accompany the new fence.
There is a lot of fence around the temple.
I did see something I didn't like.  I asked about the missing stone.
Both were removed earlier in the week for reasons unknown.  I promise to watch for their return.
I kept my eye on the man up high.  He's holding a caulk gun.
He has a great view.
Although there are some beautiful things he can't see.
Mr. Track Hoe made a return visit.
He's smoothing things out for new asphalt near the post office.
This used to be First South.
Instead of First South, this walk stretches from University Avenue to First West.
The caulker should have been able to see the pavilion.
The cupola has new trim along its base.
Of course I tried to peek in.
I was surprised to see finished wood.
The pavilion is a little difficult to see right now.  New brick hides the area where a dumpster will be.
Masons worked on the north side.  This lift is moving stone for the building skirt.
Before lifting it into place, the edges are polished.
My camera insists the work station is a sturdy block of geofoam.
This heavy work is not all done by machine.
Other masons worked on nearby planters.
I watched for a long time.
There is a lot of stone in place throughout the site now.
The mason's shop in the south lot is a busy place.
I had trouble looking inside, but what I can see is beautiful.
Nearby, piles which were placed almost two years ago are now visible.
I took this photo on August 12, 2013.
Vertical piles are buried around the entire exterior of the temple grounds.
Piles even surround the walls of the underground annex on the north side.
Out of sight, out of mind.  I only see the windows.
And Moroni.
Robert Jaramillo took this wonderful picture during a recent break in the rain.  So much progress.


Katshrnk said...

Just fantastic! Love these pictures. Better than being there because we get to see more than we would just driving by.

Jeff Miller said...

There was an article posted by the Daily Herald about the new monument signs at the Provo City Center Temple on May 15th, and someone left a comment saying that the sign wasn't complete because the wording was wrong and it might have to be replaced. Then he wrote that that info was a secret. So, maybe they are removing the word "Utah" or changing the font or font size for the lettering. Guess we will just have to wait and see.

Julie Markham said...

I thought the stones were beautiful. I hope this is nothing serious.

Easy_Going_Dad said...

There are many things that have to be exact when it comes to official LDS signage. 1.) The title does have to be exact, so if the official name of the temple is to be the "Provo City Center Temple" and not include the word "Utah", that could be one reason. (I was under the impression that this is the case, although it is out of the norm for most other temples. Most temples include city, then state/province/country etc. in their name, but Provo City Center was to break from this standard because this is Provo's second temple. The Salt Lake temple is another example of breaking the standard naming.) 2.) The font that the Church uses for signage is a custom proprietary font designed by the Church, for the Church. It is similar to Palatino, which I believe the church uses in printed manuals and such, and also similar to Trajan. If the stones were not carved with the correct proprietary font, they will probably need to be re-carved.