Top of the Morning, Aug. 11, 2014

Top of the Morning, Aug. 11, 2014

Last week was fun.

We're working on a new project and I got to be involved for parts of it. The project is to produce videos of the important public spaces in East Central Illinois.

We're focusing for now on spaces at the University of Illinois.

Our photo editor, John Dixon, is using a GoPro camera affixed to a small radio-controlled "drone" helicopter. You may have seen his photo from far above the State Farm Center. His video of Allerton Park is going to show you views you've never seen of that spectacular space.

Last week, we worked on two buildings on campus: the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and Altgeld Hall.

Until you've tried to fly a drone from the sidewalk on Goodwin up to the Amphitheatre, you haven't fully appreciated the wind tunnel effect created by the "mall" that links the Quad to the Krannert Center. Or, for that matter, how much height difference there is between street level and that Amphitheatre.

There's more to this than the aerial views. When we stopped in at Altgeld Hall for one of chimesmaster Sue Wood's tours and concerts, John went up some stairs from the chimes room and some minutes later reappeared, dripping with sweat, with photos from much higher in the tower than I would ever dare to go.

Krannert Director Mike Ross was generous with his time, talking about where he has worked for 17 years. Others at Krannert went out of their way to help us set things up.

And I cannot say enough about the staff at the Archives at the University of Illinois Library. Their kindness and helpfulness in the face of my ignorance was a real bonus to the week and made my job much easier. Plus, I got to wander around the library for a while, and I have always loved that building.

Hey, is the library on our list?

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