Friday, September 26, 2014

Scatter Sunshine

I unexpectedly found myself at the site this afternoon.  Fortunately, I had my camera.
Our sky is expecting a storm.
The west sun showed off the new west arch.
This is beautiful in any light.
It used to look like this.
Everyone is pleased.
I asked about the inside of the temple. The answer: "Lotta sheetrock.  Little paint."
I waited for more information but none was forthcoming.
I learned that Holiness To The Lord will be etched into a glass arched transom over the south doors.
The north doors won't get any special treatment, but they will be an emergency exit.
Soffit and fascia are now above the walls to the east and west of both north and south gables.
The pavilion is still receiving attention.  I am delighted.
Here's the story: I had lunch with a friend downtown. This came together in a hurry and we ended up right across from the temple.  As I ate my Moo Goo Gai Pan, I watched a concrete pump at the site.  I actually watched it for quite awhile.  My camera was next to me, but I resisted the urge to race across Center Street and take a picture.  My sensitivity to what is polite isn't always adjusted at the right level, but I was pretty sure that wouldn't have qualified.
But after lunch, I did walk across the street.  The fence post bases were poured on the right...
And on the left.
Planters at both ends were poured, too.
This will look a lot better next week, I'm sure.
While putting up my pictures tonight, Yuki Dorff sent a photo you will love, especially with the construction cam down today.  The concrete pump I watched was blue, but an orange pump was at the site this morning filling in the space between the mechanical building and its wall.  Please notice the walkway around the north planter at the top of this picture.
Geofoam forms a circle around the planter in the center, but there are also two long legs of geofoam which will support paving stones parallel to the sidewalk along University.
These legs are part of a large oval which will encompass both north planters.
Yuki also sent this photo. Yes, I have already thanked her.  She has a good view from the Nu Skin office building.
This is my view from the Nu Skin parking garage.
I took a another closeup of the steeple.  A new rain collection system is already in place on the northwest tower.
As the sun danced in and out of the clouds this afternoon, it gleamed.
Two towers now have these beautiful copper gutters.  We'll find out tomorrow if they work.
Men worked on the southeast tower frieze board.
The southwest frieze board is all painted.
The temple looks beautiful from any direction.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Indian Summer

So much for fall.  It was 88 degrees at the site this afternoon.  Notice woodwork for the southeast tower at the lower right.
It's finally his turn for some attention.
The northwest frieze board, on the left, has been painted.  The southwest, on the right, is being painted.
I checked out the string line above the west gable.  It's still hanging around.
There was some interesting detail below the gable, also.
The string line is still above the east gable, too.  I think its purpose is to guide the placement of the copper crown on top of the flashing.
The pigeons seem to be ignoring the perch under the east gable.
I couldn't resist peeking at the new water collection system on the east side.  The bronze hangers are all at work this week.
The fascia, soffit and frieze board have been painted.
I noticed more new wood on the south side.
The fascia and soffit have been placed on this east side of the south gable.  It's also easy to notice the kicktail roof, where the cove edge meets the flat edge.
Workmen were installing the fascia on the west side of the gable today.
I watched some of the wood join the fray.
More wood used the elevator to participate.
There's room for it right here.
I hope you've been watching the steeple from the construction cam.
The detail is stunning.
The trim, here on the steeple but also on the towers, is all wood.
The pioneers used wood, so wood is being used in this restoration.
The wood came from the mill with one coat of primer on it.  The painters are adding to that.
When the jambs in the tower doorways are rebuilt, they will be wood, also.
Please notice the sandstone watercourse progressing around the temple.
The soffit and fascia under the flat portions of the roof on the north side are complete.
Lots of noise is coming from the north lot, which until recently has been relatively quiet.
Little machines buzz around as though filling the planters is the most important job ever.
Dirt is piling up.
The focus is this feature, a dramatic centerpiece of sprinkler lines which will be inside a Victorian urn.
The smaller north planter seems to be extra-greedy about its share of the dirt.
I have entertained thoughts about taking my yellow ladder back to the site, but it didn't make it into my car today.  No worries, my camera covered for me.  The forms around the fountain are on the right.
There are several layers of rebar and decks and other stuff which I'm not quite grasping.  The key to understanding is to remember that the ultimate ground level will be four or five feet above what we are seeing.  There will be water.  It will be beautiful.  That's all I need to know.
The pavilion has no longer been forgotten.
It was receiving plenty of attention today, with men nosing around inside.
My camera tried really hard to see what they were doing.
This picture provided no answers.
Matting is in place in preparation for a planter south of the pavilion. 
There is plenty of dirt for another planter, for sure.
A blog reader sent me a picture of a painting of the Provo Tabernacle by Al Rounds.
Pretty soon we'll have snow on Mt. Timp again.
I tried to duplicate the angle of the painting, but I actually value my life and chickened out.  Maybe I will try harder when there is a little snow.
In the meantime, fall has officially arrived.
Ready or not.