Friday, May 14, 2010

Happy Birthday to the Michigan Avenue Bridge [She's 90!]

AND I join the buzz of the day,
She turns 90 today!!
Happy Birthday to the Michigan Avenue Bridge!!!

I met a group of skateboarders, enjoying the Chicago Riverwalk..
"The Crew" as they call themselves..
From left.. Cody Cepeda, Timmy Johnson, Soma Fuller, Marquis King, Eric King and Colton Perugia..

Two plaques on the opposite sides of the bridge,
mark the day Michigan Avenue Bridge was first open for traffic..
May 14, 1920..

Although the relief sculptures on the bridge towers were completed later, in 1928, but now they are an integral part of the bridge.. so I leave with this beautiful image of "Regeneration" by Henry Hering.. which reflects the spirit of Chicago..

For more on.... [click on the link]..
- Michigan Avenue bridge - sculptures and markers ..
- Relief Sculptures: Defense, Regeneration, The Pioneers, and The Discoverers..


Mike Kraus said...

The Riverwalk is really starting to come together and actually become an attraction. The bridges are great too. So beautiful and industrial.

Ultra Local Geography said...

I don't think this bridge has ever looked better. I especially like the new safety railings which separate the pedestrians from traffic. said...

Architecture, Sculpture, Excellent Photography, Human Interest, a Catchy Title.....You nailed this post! All bases covered.