Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Brooklyn Bridge: Celebrating 130 Years

The Brooklyn Bridge has been an inspiration to many artists over the years, myself included. Maybe because it's one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States, or that it connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn over the East River, or maybe it's just because it was constructed before the modern era of minimalist bridges so it almost appears to be part brownstone/part bridge. Whatever the reason, it's become one of those iconic bridges that people recognize the world over. 
 A little history: On the first day it opened, May 24, 1883, a total of 1,800 vehicles and 150,300 people crossed over it. The bridge's main span over the East River is 1,595 feet 6 inches and the cost of construction was $15.5 million. It is estimated that 27 people died during it's construction. 
Even though we're past the anniversary on May 24, I still want to show you some of the great artwork that was shown at the Brooklyn Bridge 130th Anniversary Group Art Show at the Urban Folk Art® Gallery in Brooklyn. All the works in the show use the Chocolate Brown enamel paint used to do touchups on the Brooklyn Bridge itself. The work really shows the pride that all the artists have for the place where they live. It's also really inspiring to see the different ways they each interpret the same subject. To see all the work, please go to: or click on each artist's name below to go to the FB page for this show or their website.

                    Landscape, mixed media on wood panel, 12" x 12" Jordin Isip and Hannah Lee

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