SOME women feel intimidated just walking past a building site. But one artist relishes the chance to spend 12 hours a day alongside tough-nut construction workers on one of the world's biggest sites. Louise Soloway is spending four months as the only woman among the 2,000-odd international workers at the Chek Lap Kok airport site, completing a sculpture commissioned by the Airport Platform Contractors' Joint Venture (APCJV). With her hard-hat, boots and scruffy work gear, the 29-year-old catches the 7 am ferry from Central with the site workers and spends her days drawing the dredgers, diggers and blasters before immortalising them in clay on a six-foot by four-foot bas-relief. Soloway was commissioned by APCJV project director Jaap de Ruyter after a friend, a Dutch dredgerman, brought her to the site to sketch. At first, she said, she felt conspicuous as the only woman in a ''masculine'' world. But now she encourages feedback from the workers who have become her toughest critics. ''Most of them look at the machines and tell me if I've got the details right. One man looked very closely and told me I'd got the screws on one machine wrong,'' she said. ''And the blasting people thought I'd made the blast really massive, and apparently blasts are meant to be small - but that's artistic licence.'' Having her studio on the 1,248-hectare site gave her a better feel for the place and the atmosphere, Soloway said. ''The landscape has changed so much since I've been doing it. Outside my studio you couldn't see Lantau. Now you can because they've blasted away the mountain side. ''It's very exciting because you get a real sense of what man can achieve.'' She aims to finish the job in the next three months, adding stones from the site and even machinery to the soft clay. ''Half of the work is made from China clay. The other half is English clay,'' she said. ''It's quite appropriate really.''