Bridging the Gap: How Local Art Can Transform a Problematic Landmark
Imagine a scenario where you're a truck driver.
You're heading down 61 South on Harrison Street in Davenport, Iowa and somehow you miss the sign that says how high the upcoming bridge is. Then you miss the flashing lights and for some reason, you miss the other warning signs until "wham" you're the next victim of the "Truck Eating Bridge"
To us locals, it seems crazy to think someone would miss the warning signs and still end up topless (roofless) in the middle of the road.
Apparently, we aren't the only place that has this issue:
Pensacola Gets Creative
They Raise Awareness
"Your commercials say you are a 'family man'. I’ve called and sent certified mail … and as of yet NO REPLY! Please Help! A pleading mother of a Hit and Run victim."-Mural on the side of the Graffiti Bridge.
They don't just use the bridge an expensive can opener. They try to do good with the messages on it.
Hear Me Out
Let's make our Truck Eating Bridge work for its victims.
What if we get a local artist to brighten up our monstrosity? We'd get a nice piece of art...and perhaps a funny picture the next time a truck driver is in too big of a hurry to read signs.
The Graffiti Bridge in Pensacola has become a symbol of the city's creative spirit and has gained a devoted following among residents and visitors. I say we do the same in Davenport.