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Gil Garcetti celebrates Disney Hall's 10th birthday with the ironworkers who built it




Iron Workers pose for a photo during the construction of Walt Disney Concert Hall
Iron Workers pose for a photo during the construction of Walt Disney Concert Hall
Gil Garcetti
Iron Workers pose for a photo during the construction of Walt Disney Concert Hall
Photographer Gil Garcetti, Ironworkers 433 President Piedmont Brown, iron worker Sue Mann.
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Iron Workers pose for a photo during the construction of Walt Disney Concert Hall
A photograph from Iron: Erecting the Walt Disney Concert Hall
Gil Garcetti
Iron Workers pose for a photo during the construction of Walt Disney Concert Hall
Frank Gehry had the design, but ironworkers helped make the Walt Disney Concert Hall a reality.
Gil Garcetti
Iron Workers pose for a photo during the construction of Walt Disney Concert Hall
Walt Disney Concert Hall
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Iron Workers pose for a photo during the construction of Walt Disney Concert Hall
Ironworker Sue Mann with her Gil Garcetti portrait during the building of Disney Hall.
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Iron Workers pose for a photo during the construction of Walt Disney Concert Hall
Inside Downtown Los Angeles' Walt Disney Concert Hall as it was under construction
Gil Garcetti
Iron Workers pose for a photo during the construction of Walt Disney Concert Hall
Photographer Gil Garcetti speaks at the Colburn School opening for his Disney Hall photo exhibit as his son, Mayor Eric Garcetti, looks on.
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Iron Workers pose for a photo during the construction of Walt Disney Concert Hall
Working hands. Clockwise from top: Ironworkers 433 President Piedmont Brown, iron worker Sue Mann, photographer Gil Garcetti.
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Most everyone who sees the Walt Disney Concert Disney Hall thinks of Frank Gehry, its architect. True, he had the dream, but without a highly trained crew of ironworkers, it'd still be a dream. On the Hall's 10th anniversary, local ironworkers celebrated their efforts and were joined in the celebration by former L.A. County District Atttorney Gil Garcetti. 

After Gil Garcetti (father to mayor Eric Garcetti) retired from politics, he took up what he called his "second major career," photography. Garcetti began by photographing the construction of the Walt Disney Concert Hall and in doing so created a compelling portrait of the local ironworkers tasked with building the unique building. 

Garcetti's photographs eventually became the main content for his book "Iron: Erecting the Walt Disney Concert Hall" and "Frozen Music." Now, 10 years after the hall opened its doors, the Colburn School of Music has some of Garcetti's photos on exhibit. 

Off-Ramp host John Rabe went to the opening, where Garcetti and several of the ironworkers involved with the project spoke about their experience with the concert hall's construction.