PDX Bridge Festival
Taken on July 24, 2010
Photo by Andrew Curtis
Description: Hard to tell but there are these canvas sails attached all over the bridge, and supposedly a light display was supposed to be turned on at 10pm last night. My wife and I were scratching our heads trying to figure out if there were any lights at all. Turns out there were, but they weren't very dramatic.
I was up on the bridge waiting for this event to take place. The event description stated it would start at 9:30, but it actually happened about 45 minutes later. There were obviously some problems as there was way too much ambient light to really see the lights projected on the tarps. The problem is explained below in the comments.
- Video: PDX Bridge Festival — Fabric & Lighting Install + ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“Hit the Lights' Event
More pictures and comments on the event below…
Comment on above Photo from Flickr (emphasis added by Pipeline):
- Aaron I. Rogosin: As far as the lights are concerned last night the plan was to raise the bridge kill the lights and activate the installation. How ever no one ever showed the bridge operator how to kill the lights on the bridge. SO the operator stated to flip all the breakers and in the process she killed the power to the installation. Which in turn messed up the programming for the lights. So thats why you were scratching your head. Sorry. But these things happen when your working with the city.
Description: They were having a fabric and light show on the Hawthorne Bridge and it didn't go well. Before the 10pm light show I could something wrong already. The bridge lights were on, As you can see the fabric doesn't really light up to well when very bright and way bigger orange bridge lights illuminate the fabric more then a small string of LED lights…booo
Comments on above photo from Flickr (emphasis added by Pipeline):
- shetha: Silly! I thought the bridge condoms looked odd this morning. It was kinda cool to see the drug runner boats going underneath, though. Gallons and Gallons and Gallons of gas straight up in the air or into the water. WOOHOO!
- Squid Vicious: Hanging portlands dirty laundry up for everyone to see was odd.
- bridgecitygirl: Word on the street is that Multnomah County wouldn't kill the safety lights. Oh well, it's still pretty, and still an awesome idea! For those of you who don't know, the installation changes with the traffic patterns on the bridge! that's pretty sweet!
Photo by Ben McLeod
Description: At 10pm, the Hawthorne Bridge lifted and the art installation started.
The PDX Bridge Festival is a celebration of Portland's bridges, but is centered around the Hawthorne Bridge's 100th birthday.
From Wikipedia, “It is the oldest vertical-lift bridge in operation in the United States and the oldest highway bridge in Portland. It is also the busiest bicycle and transit bridge in Oregon, with over 4,800 cyclists and 750 TriMet buses daily.”
I ran into Tucker after the lighting and he told me that the purple lights are motion activated by people and cars going by and there will be art projected on those tarps coming this week(end).