inFORM studio, Architect
Bagley Street over I-75, Detroit MI
Photos taken November 21, 2010 and November 28, 2010
This is a repost from last year showing the Bagley Pedestrian Bridge over I-75 in the Mexicantown area of Southwest Detroit. The concrete bridge supported by steel cables from a tilted off-centered mast forms a dynamic sculpture. It is unfortunatley crowded in a spaghetti bowl of bridges of the more standard type which largely blocks it’s full view while driving up I-75. (You should be keeping your eye on the road anyway!) These photos were taken at the surface street level early two Sunday mornings last November. Note that the aerial photo in the link was taken prior to the bridge’s construction.
After all that walking across the bridge, be sure to stop by the La Gloria Bakery at the foot of the bridge on the western end for caramel churros. If you do not have a sweet tooth, about 5 blocks east of the bridge on Bagley is the Honey Bee Market. Here you will find the best salsa in the world (in my opinion). Add a bag of their fresh tortilla chips and enjoy. If you are up for international travel, you are at the entrance to the Ambassador Bridge to Canada. You can be in a foreign country in 5 minutes, just bring your passport.
Frank Gehry, Architect
Millenium Park, Chicago
From the Archive
The BP Bridge in Millenium Park is a meandering path which must be experienced in person to appreciate. Completed in 2004, the bridge is just one design of note in the park, but was one of the most unexpected surprises. The 925 foot long serpentine stainless steel sculpture spans Columbus Drive connecting Daley Bicentennial Plaza with the Great Lawn and Lurie Garden in Millenium Park. While in Millenium Park do not miss the Cloud Gate, Crown Fountain, Lurie Garden, and Gehry’s Jay Pritzker Pavillion.