Tacoma Narrows Bridge history - Art - Watercolors
A suspension bridge represents the pinnacle of bridge technology. This structure is as much an engineering marvel as it as a work of art.
A year in the life of the bridge - 2002 to 2003
Bridges are truly ubiquitous - a part of everyday life. A span, such as our Narrows Bridge, provides crossing from one piece of land to another. A bridge spans obstacles - rivers, valleys, or, in our case, the Puget Sound
A suspension bridge represents the pinnacle of bridge technology. This structure is as much an engineering marvel as it as a work of art. Long, spare, streamlined and elegant. These are just some of the words used to describe this type of bridge. The watercolor exhibit below is a collaborative effort between students and staff at St. Nicholas Catholic School in Gig Harbor and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge Project.
A Picture Paints a Thousand Words
In creating their paintings, sixth-grade students used color photos of the construction site as their inspiration. Like the photos themselves, each painting represents one day, one moment, and one view of the 1950 bridge and the construction taking place on land and in the water.
Just slightly more than a year into the project, bridge builders have reached major milestones: construction of the bridge foundations (caissons); east and west caissons have reached the bottom of the Narrows and the tower building has begun; the excavation of both anchorages is complete; and critical roadway improvements on State Route 16 between Jackson Avenue NW and 36th Street NW have taken place. The third Narrows Bridge - yet to be named - is scheduled for completion in early 2007.