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Line Gallery: Pigs to Pig Iron (Exhibit On Display)
August 11, 2018 @ 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Sunday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until October 28, 2018
In 1942, with the growing need for steel to build ships to fight in World War II, Henry J. Kaiser secured a tract of land in Fontana that had been a pig farm. There he built the first steel mill in the Pacific Coast states. One of the civil engineers on the project was Carl Hooper Gilman, whose wife Esther Bruton Gilman was an artist and muralist. Through Carl, Esther gained access to the Kaiser Steel construction site and painted a series of eight watercolors to depict the transformation.