Ed Purver and Tim DuRoche reveal the ‘hidden lives’ of the Hawthorne and Morrison Bridges through large-scale video projection and sound, transforming the two structures into a radio and a cinema. This free public art installation celebrates the usually unseen and unheard elements of the bridges, from the resonant sounds of their structures, to the giant gears that balance 960 tons of concrete, to the stories and faces of the engineers and operators who maintain these mighty structures. Using microphones attached to the Hawthorne Bridge, broadcasting live over the web and via cell phones, the artists convert the activity of daily bridge travel into a real-time sound composition.

For this live event, video projections on the river piers of the Morrison Bridge will visualize its hidden spaces, massive internal mechanics, and the people who work on them. The Hidden Life of Bridges amplifies and reharmonizes the motion and sounds of the bridges to create a new experience of these iconic structures amid our everyday.

The Hidden Life of Bridges is part of the Regional Arts & Culture Council’s intersections program, where the art of work meets the work of art. The project is funded by Multnomah County Percent for Art and administered by RACC. Phone service designed and sponsored by MegaPhone Labs.

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