Description St. Paul Utility Tunnels Diptych, St. Paul, MN2006The sandstone and limestone layers under the twin cities of Minneapolis & St. Paul are easy to dig through, and consequently there are miles of honeycombed space beneath the twin cities holding city utilities, old industrial remnants, storage spaces, and natural caves. These photos show tunnels from two different systems: on the left, a long-abandoned underground network of power cables for streetcars in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and on the right a water pipe and electric cables. Both are underneath St. Paul, where at least seven separate utility networks interconnect in a complex underground labyrinth.
Steve Duncan, Brooklyn, NY Member Since February 2010 Artist Statement As an urban historian & photographer, I try to peel back the layers of a city to see what's underneath. From the tops of bridges to the depths of sewer tunnels, these explorations of the urban environment help me puzzle together the interconnected, multi-dimensional history and complexity of the world's great cities.
Catalog Details Product No 3076212 Subjects Style Medium TagsDuncan, Steve