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As seen from the Aquarium
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March 29, 2005 East Pylon: Final steps in preparing anchors

Art hides everywhere - here are two stay pipe entrances as seen from inside the pylon

The cables are all cut to a standard length as shown by Cyril, my professor of stay-cable theory

Then the wedges are permanently seated with another special Freyssinet tool

and a gun used to permanently seat the wedge

Then long bolts are inserted to hold the cable array cover

Preparing the gasket and cover

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