LIFT 100 is a celebration of the Hawthorne Bridge Centennial in the form a two-part public art installation!


The centerpiece of the 2010 festival is the Hawthorne Bridge, which celebrated its hundredth anniversary that year. In honor of the centennial of the nation’s oldest working vertical lift bridge, we designed an installation that transformed this bridge into a large-scale work of kinetic art.  The lighting display made use of programmable and environmentally aware lighting technology to interact with the nightly vehicle and bike traffic on the bridge. The lights accentuated 48 panels of fabric installed in three spans of the bridge trusses, turning the structure into a wash of color and moving light, and marking the rhythm of commuter traffic as it moved across the bridge. The installation was visible for the 15 days of the festival and could also be viewed from neighboring bridges, both esplanades of the Willamette River and downtown buildings.


For one hour on the night of Saturday, July 31, in conjunction with the free MORSound concert, the Hawthorne Bridge was transformed into a platform for an interactive light and projection media show. Screens stretched across the trussing along the bridge spans provided a framework for a visual tour of Portland—who we are, where we’ve come from, and where we’re going—using gathered media from the last 100 years, text- based interactions from our audience, captured images from the event, and live digital artists. The display was visible from the Hawthorne Bridge, neighboring bridges, both banks of the river, and downtown buildings. Hawthorne Lift 100 was a spectacle to remember, especially since so many people came out. Turns out, there is more than one way to rock the bridge!

LIFT 100 interactivity was provided by a grant from:

Black Rock Arts Foundation logo

Lighting Design and Technical Assistance:

Lumen League Lighting Technicians

Production Assistance provided by:

SmartTech logo

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