Thursday, September 17, 2009

Galloping Gertie as part of the Bridge Project

“Galloping Gertie”(2009)
A site-specific collaborative installation by Dana L. Depew and Matthew Bartel, in conjunction with the Bridge Project located on the Detroit-Superior Bridge – lower level.

Visual artist Dana L. Depew and filmmaker Matthew Bartel team up to present a site- specific installation that consists of multiple images and video projections of historical bridge collapses including the Tahoma Narrows Bridge in 1940 and most recently the I-35W located in Minnesota. The images will be projected against the existing white subway tile and also will also be broadcast on multiple televisions that will be scattered on the floor amongst concrete rubble and debris. The intent of this piece is to create an environment that forces the viewer to concentrate on their immediate surroundings. The ultimate effect will raise awareness and concern of the potential hazard that the adjacent Main Avenue Bridge holds. The Main Avenue Bridge has the same design as the I-35W and has become the target of much public scrutiny because of its current state of disrepair.

This experience will take place Friday September 25, opening at 4 pm, closing at midnight and continue Saturday September 26, from noon to midnight. It will be free to the public and include arts and crafts vendors, food and beverage vendors (including beer and wine), buskers and solo performers positioned across the great span of the bridge with the more complex installations and performances taking place at either end. The event will include, as at all Ingenuity events, most exhibits and performances are family friendly and each night closes with a musical event