Broadway Bridge Celebrates 100 Years
of Connecting Communities and Cultures
Ongoing: Rafghan Raffle to raise funds for Bridge for Blankets. Raffle prize is a 5’ square knitted art afghan. Contact Tyler Mackie for more information, at 541.908.1744 or firstname.lastname@example.org
July 17, 3pm-10pm: Bridge for Blankets fundraising day at Migration Brewing. 2828 NW Glisan St. Raffle tickets will be on sale at the event.
July 21: Bridge for Blankets art installation begins on the Broadway Bridge. The artwork will be up through late August.
July 25, 6pm – 9pm: Silent art auction to raise funds for Bridge for Blankets. SoHiTek Gallery, 625 NW Everett, Suite 102.
August 1, 5:30 -8pm: Art Opening at the American Institute of Architects Portland chapter: “The Big & Awesome Bridges of Portland”. 403 NW 11th Ave. On display through Aug 29 during regular gallery hours: Monday, 12pm-5pm, and Tuesday-Friday, 9am-5pm.
August 10, 12pm – 7pm: Block Party. NW 9 event.)
BROADWAY’S 100TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION INCLUDES PLAN TO YARNBOMB THE BRIDGE
Events July 17 through August 29
Installation of a temporary public artwork later this month will transform the Broadway Bridge as part of a multifaceted celebration culminating in an August 10 block party for the Broadway’s 100 birthday. Beginning Sunday, July 21, the first of four multicolored, hand-knitted banners, 18’ x 21’ each, will be installed–with the help of the Multnomah County Bridge Section–to hang on the outside of the draw spans of the Broadway Bridge for the piece titled Bridge for Blankets, which will be up through the month of August. The artwork, conceived and organized by local artist Tyler Mackie, uses partially donated materials (chief among them, the Cascade 220 Superwash Wool, purchased with in-kind support from Cascade Yarns and Abundant Yarn Co.), and harnesses the time and talent of roughly 150 volunteer knitters to create Portland’s largest knitted art installation to date. After the festival the banners will be washed, divided into 42 separate afghans (each one 6′ square), and donated to local warming shelters via Human Solutions and Sno-Cap.
The Bridge for Blankets project is part of this year’s PDX Bridge Festival, a string of events that kicked off last April and that leads up to a block party on August 10th from 12pm-7pm, at NW 9th and Hoyt. This is a fitting art installation to celebrate the Broadway Bridge’s 100 year presence and what it brought and brings to the fabric of Portland. Opening up the bridge between the music and clubs of the east side to the exotic life and associations of the west side in addition to the cuisines of both, enhanced this city’s development. We are a better place to live because of it.
The block party will have music, dancing, displays of model bridges built by local area elementary school students, bridge tours led by Sharon Wood Wortman and Ed Wortman, a bridge art show, Radio Disney activities for children, and vendors of food, art, and crafts. The block party is a National Night Out event, and will also include displays and other information about neighborhood safety and crime prevention. The outdoor venue is conveniently located near MAX, Portland Streetcar, bus lines, and a smart park garage.
At the August 10th event, information will also be available on the new Sharon Wood Wortman/Ed Wortman project: The Big & Awesome Bridges of Portland and Vancouver—A Book for Young Readers & Their Teachers, of which PDX Bridge Festival is a sponsor. At over 100 pages and brimming with illustrations, this book about the bridges of Portland and Vancouver is a massive undertaking, and is being developed as a text book–distributed for free–to be used as class sets for Portland Public Schools’ third grade classrooms and to Vancouver public school libraries.
The Broadway Bridge, maintained and cared for by Multnomah County, was the first bascule bridge over the Willamette River and the longest bridge of its type in the world when it opened on April 22nd, 1913. It is one of Portland and Vancouver’s three highway century bridges, along with the 2010 Hawthorne Bridge and the 2012 Steel Bridge. At river mile 11.7, the Broadway Bridge provides a unique and critical link for the businesses and neighborhoods in and near the Rose Quarter with those in and near the Pearl District. PDX Bridge Festival, a 501c3 charitable and educational organization, has celebrated the bridges that connect us all since 2010.
WHO & WHAT: PDX Bridge Festival, a 501(c)(3) charitable and educational organization, is calling for proposals from individuals, organizations, businesses, and government agencies for activities and events to celebrate the Broadway Bridge’s 100th birthday in 2013. Proposals should also include sources of funding, as well as strategies for achievement of the proposed event, such as timing, equipment and volunteers needed, etc.
The Broadway Bridge, maintained and cared for by Multnomah County, was the first bascule bridge over the Willamette River and the longest bridge of its type in the world when it opened on April 22, 1913. It is one of Portland and Vancouver’s three highway century bridges, along with the 2010 Hawthorne Bridge and the 2012 Steel Bridge. At river mile 11.7, the Broadway Bridge provides a unique and critical link for the businesses and neighborhoods in and near the Rose Quarter with those in and near the Pearl District.