This monstrous contraption has terrorized children for decades – no doubt including my brothers and myself, when we were small and defenseless enough to be shoved, screaming, into its tiny steel gates. It appears to be retired now – I found it parked in North Lawrence, KS.
When I was a kid I spent probably 90% of my time in the ditch next door to our house building dams out of mud and bricks. It’s what I’d be doing right now if the city hadn’t buried a pipe in place of our creek. So when I got a call this summer about taking photos of the new hydro-electric power plant in Lawrence, I said “Yeah, I’d love to”. Just like that. Very restrained and adult like. Built by Kissick, architecture by Sabatini.