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While we like to think of ourselves as open-minded here at Toolmonger, we’re not exactly burning with desire to sit through a ballet recital — unless that recital is danced by a few heavy-equipment operators under the direction of Anne Troake, a unique lady with an eye for graceful movement.

Any construction site vet will tell you that these guys have the same control over these heavy machines that Olympic athletes have over their own bodies — but the common passerby will probably never know what artistry goes into this seemingly brutish gig.

Beauty can be found everywhere, even in a pit surrounded by hulking machines.

Big Machines Dancing (Ballet Excavators) [YouTube]


4 Responses to It’s Just Cool: Finding Beauty In The Beast

  1. Tony Clifton says:

    The first time I saw this (the full 4 minute version, which, IIRC, is set to Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake) was on the Arts channel years ago, and I’ve been meaning to find the full version on Youtube for a while. Thanks for posting this!

  2. heywood says:

    that. is. beautiful.

    if it weren’t for the newsmedia treating it a bit like a joke I would have liked it more.

    still, I’ll forward it…just because I work in the trades.

  3. Dave says:

    Anne Troake’s “Pretty Big Dig”

  4. Abe says:

    Here it is without the newscast treading all over it.


    Again not the full version but gives ytou a great idea of what it’s about.

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