Following the unveiling of the plans for the replacement to the Memorial Bridge in Portsmouth, I wanted to share some thoughts on the importance of character. The Memorial Bridge is a beautiful and historic structure that bridges the communities of Kittery, ME and Portsmouth, NH. The graceful structure has been an inspiration for countless artists – myself included. As the community has the opportunity to give an opinion on the proposed redesigned bridge (streamlined and very straight), let’s remember how important it is to have some personality to our beloved structure. Take a look at the George Washington Bridge – one of New York’s iconic pieces of architecture. It is stoic and simple, yet beautiful. If we get our bridge redesigned as proposed, albeit at a lower price and faster, we’ll be looking at the more basic alternative for the rest of our lifetimes. I’ll be joining those who want to see some personality brought back to the bridge as it is rebuilt, something beautiful enough to get me out of bed to shoot a sunrise as it comes over the horizon.
(the rendering above is the proposed design for the replacement bridge)