Saturday, September 8, 2007

Millennium Park [The BP Pedestrian Bridge - by Frank Gehry]

The BP Pedestrian Bridge..
By Frank Gehry

"Chicago, in my humble opinion, is, architecturally, the best American city traditionally and just visually. It's so exciting".
~ Frank Gehry..

Named for energy firm BP, which donated $5 million toward its construction, it is the first Gehry-designed bridge to have been completed..
This 925-foot stainless steel "pedestrian" bridge is located at the far east section of Millennium Park connecting it to the "Daley Bicentennial Plaza". In the photo we see the "Pritzker Pavilion" in the background. The bridge complements the Pritzker Pavilion in "design" as well as "function" by creating an acoustic barrier from the traffic noise below. It also has a 5% slope to allow easy access for people who are physically challenged.

The BP Bridge, crossing the Columbus Drive. The bridge is supported by a central concrete column.. [Image taken from Randolph Street]..

The BP bridge, begins from the far east side of the Millennium Park..

BP Bridge connects Millennium Park to the Daley Bicentennial Plaza..

The Millennium Park..

1 comment:

Meg Ingersoll said...

Your site has been so helpful discovering new art that I haven't seen around Chicago. The bridge is called the "BP Bridge".