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We Are Construction

ABC Western Michigan

Every hard hat tells a story. A story about an individual who is smart with their hands and their minds. It tells the story of countless buildings spanning across towns, cities, states, and countries. Buildings that create skylines. Buildings that heal and teach. Buildings that provide for each of us to live, work, play, and learn. Every scratch, sticker, and dent represents a moment. A moment at the end of the day when a hard hat is tossed in the bed of a truck after a long day’s work. A moment of safety when it’s absence could have resulted in injury. A moment of pride, when arriving home and a child playfully places it on their head, just to have it topple to the ground. A moment of recognition and reward for accomplishment in the industry. We are construction. We are men and women, immigrants and refugees, young and old, and everything in between. These photos represent the diverse West Michigan artisans who create the landmarks that provide lifelong memories for each of us.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 2'
  • Medium: Photography
  • Width: 24'
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 7'

About ABC Western Michigan

ABC Western Michigan is a commercial construction trade association representing over 400 construction companies and supporting businesses. Over the next decade 1,100,000 new trade professionals are needed to meet the demands of this growing industry. Mia Jankowiak and Jen Schottke have created this piece to elevate these careers and individuals.