Sciotoville Bridge, Ohio River, Sciotoville, Ohio, 1968. Copyright © 1968 by David Plowden
David Plowden: Bridges
June 22 - September 23, 2019
Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
"Much of Plowden’s work has been done in the service of the 29 books he has authored or co-authored. The photographs in this exhibit represent a small fraction of those in Bridges: The Spans of North America, a visually magnificent history of American bridge design and construction, which McCullough has described as “a work of imagination and scholarship that would qualify [Plowden] as someone of note had he done nothing else.”
Bridges intrigue and entrance us on so many levels. They extend our worlds by spanning voids or obstacles and connecting us to otherwise unreachable destinations. They do so in seeming defiance of the laws of gravity, creating magical, liminal spaces, where we find ourselves no longer here, not yet there, but suddenly — thrillingly — aloft. The best of them embody a perfect blend of engineering and aesthetics, function and form. In character, they span the gamut from elegant to businesslike, delicate to muscular, commonplace to quirky."
— Danny Lichtenfeld, Director. Brattleboro Museum website