Watch Downtown Boise's 'Big Hole' Become An 18-Story Tower In Idaho Statesman's Time-Lapse

Jan 10, 2014

The new Zions Bank building in downtown Boise took 14 months to build. Photographer Darin Oswald documented its construction in a project that will be unveiled this weekend.
Credit Darin Oswald / Idaho Satesman
When a developer decided to build a new tower in downtown Boise, it was big news. It was especially newsworthy because of its location: the corner of 8th and Main streets. That spot had been empty for more than 20 years, earning it the nickname 'The Hole.'

So when word broke that Zions Bank would build its new Idaho headquarters there, Idaho Statesman photographer Darin Oswald decided to set out on an ambitious project. He wanted to document the building’s construction through time-lapse photography. 

Oswald photographed the construction site for 320 days over a 14-month period. Oswald says he lost nearly 20 pounds over the course of the project, climbing more than 160,000 stairs and walking 300 miles to capture the building of the Zion's Bank tower.

The Statesman will unveil  Oswald’s work Sunday. Oswald says he started his ambitious project by picking six different locations and going there every day to take pictures of the building’s progress.

Here's a preview of the Zion's Bank time-lapse.

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