Posted in dormant chicago bridges, GR21, the world around us, things we like by hemmant jha on March 10, 2009

the Chicago Bridge Documentation Project is now underway.

During the past few months, I’ve carried cameras around with me as I went through various parts of this city. I was most fascinated by the sheer number of mostly dormant, imaginatively engineered and absolutely magnificent bridges in Chicago. The most intriguing ones are counterweighted with massive blocks of solid concrete attached to massive steel frames, all held together with rivets [for beautiful retro-futuristic steampunk imagery, watch steamboy by Katsuhiro Otomo, who also directed Akira]. Like the deep dish pizza native to the city, there’s nothing particularly elegant about these bridges – they’re studies in solid, beefy, densely put together stuff created to get the job done. Sadly, a lot of them are now rusting hulks – which does nothing to diminish their presence. 

This particular bridge is located between West Canal St. and Kingsbury, on West Kinzie St. 

These images [except for the satellite / map image from Google maps] were shot on film with a Ricoh GR21 camera. 










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  1. Jw said, on March 10, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Funny that you mention steampunk; I just started rereading Bruce Sterling and William Gibson’s ”The Difference Engine” a few days ago. Gotta love Victorian Era alternate histories.

  2. 49.1 « thinkmore said, on March 17, 2009 at 2:15 am

    […] 49.1 Posted in dormant chicago bridges, the world around us by hemmant jha on March 16th, 2009 The documentation of dormant bridges in Chicago continues. [first post here] […]

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