More than 800 feet above the streets of Downtown Los Angeles, work has commenced on the steel skeleton of the Wilshire Grand's sailboat-inspired crown.

Images captured by architectural photographer Hunter Kerhart and crane operator Josh Wiggins showcase progress on the latticework structure, which will eventually anchor a stainless steel spire.

The 1,100-foot tall tower, designed by Los Angeles-based architecture firm A.C. Martin, will feature approximately 360,000 square feet of office space, more than 45,000 square feet of shops and restaurants, and a 900-key InterContinental Hotel.

The $1.2-billlion project is expected to open in March 2017.