In the revitalization of the downtown area of Rochester, New York, art and architecture were combined to transfrom a deteriorated landmark bridge into a focal point of the area. Known for many years as "the bridge that nobody sees," it was the only span in the nation with stores and buildings constructed along its sides. In 1966, an urban renewal effort had razed the buildings on the bridge and opened river vistas to passersby. Twenty years later, a $26.1-million Main Street Improvement Project included plans to widen the bridge's sidewalks and replace six traffic lanes with two auto and two bus lanes. Metal sculptor Albert Paley was consulted on the artistic possibilities of the renovation of the historic 19th century bridge, and later designed a symmetrical interweaving design of steel bars that produce a pattern of light and shadow, reflecting light from their textured surface, which is visible from other downtown vantage points. The $150,000 railing was funded by Rochester-based Bausch & Lomb.

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  • Accession Number: 00489578
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1990 12:00AM