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A Final Look: Inside the Last Days of Martin Tower
May 3 @ 10:00 am - June 29 @ 5:00 pmFree
A Final Look: Inside the Last Days of Martin Tower is an intimate look into one of the Lehigh Valley’s most iconic structures. Spanning five years, the work showcased at Bethlehem’s Fox Optical Gallery chronicles the structure from an untouched, abandoned edifice, with flora and fauna sprouting around a building still pristine inside, to a final glimpse into the gutted tower and its surroundings prior to implosion. The tower, the former headquarters for the once industrial giant Bethlehem Steel, opened in 1972 and slowly became vacant following its 2001 bankruptcy. This show offers a raw, but delicate window into the last vestige of the Lehigh Valley’s tallest building. Join the artist for an opening reception on Friday, May 3rd at 6pm during the SouthSide Arts District’s First Friday event. The show will be on display from May 3rd through June 29th.
Glenn Koehler is a photographer and writer based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. His work spans photojournalism during fires and Hurricane Katrina, to fine art displayed in galleries and museums. His work has been featured in regional publications such as The Morning Call and in national publications such as The Washington Post and the Associated Press. He works as the Marketing and Outreach Coordinator at the National Museum of Industrial History and serves as the Director of the SouthSide Film Institute.