Inter-Structure
A Loving Portrait of Failing Los Angeles Infrastructure
Winter 2012
Author: Jessica Varner
Photography: Yan Wang

Inter-Structure, is a publication published in the winter of 2012 through Quimby, an on-demand, open source publication and zine store. The project developed around the statement from the American Society of Civil Engineers in a 2010 report card that gave infrastructure in America a failing grade. Of the 99 most structurally deficient bridges in the United States, LA county is home to 91 of them. The problems range from overgrown brush and major potholes to seismic deficiencies and possible deck failures. Infrastructure, the buzz word that pops up everywhere from the national budget to design studios, Inter-Structure looks deeper at the bridges from the perspective of the people in the city whose use the structures everyday.
Photographer Yan Wang, documents the bridges as places. Not simply a number within the 91, but as key locations in the city not different from the landmarks and buildings that so often get noticed in the urbanscape. Photographed at all angles and levels, but never aerial the bridges take on a sense of place through portraits. Running adjacent to the text are interviews from the everyday users of the bridges describing their connection to the infrastructure whether that is via car, walking, biking, living near, or working near them. Inter-Structure is a portrait of engineering with a personal connection.

 

© Yan Wang

© Yan Wang

© Yan Wang