Robert Lavin has produced some extraordinary images for United Engineers
& Constructors Inc., in the 1960's. Other artists worked on images
for the company (Stanley Meltzer for instance). Lavin has a characteristic
touch - very painterly but with great sensitivity towards surfaces and
engineering detail. He seems to relish painting blueprints and other surfaces
of graphic instruction.
his images is printed at 17 x 22.5 cms.
1964 and intended to illustrate the arrival of building materials on a
large construction site.."Part of the skill of United Engineers is
scheduling deliveries to mesh with construction."
April 1963; during the last period of construction of a laboratory,
a heavy concrete casting is put in place.
August 1961, and a team of United's engineers fitting a Header,
"integral with a steam generating system... its blunt cylindrical
feet are points of entry for vertical tubes. In the foreground dangle
empty eyed brackets waiting for a bigger and heavier header.." June
1961. A skilled workman fits a small piece of tubing for a process control
system in a new chemical plant. Date unknown ; a machine in a strip mill
that winds sheet steel into coils. It is significant that the industrial
process continues while new elements are being built. July 1964, and a
celebration of mechanical precision on even the most massive pieces of
date unknown, the image shows engineers checking circuits from blueprints.