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

by John Rabe with Kevin Ferguson | Off-Ramp®

Iron Workers pose for a photo during the construction of Walt Disney Concert Hall Gil Garcetti

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.

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