BP Pedestrian Bridge (Chicago, Il) : View on the bridge looking southwest, showing the east ramp

Creator:
Gehry, Frank Owen, 1929-
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1939-
Published/Created:
Millennium Park; crosses Columbus Drive, Chicago, Illinois, United States
1999-2004
Physical Description:
20 x 935 ft (length); 14.5 ft (height, clearance)
Date Depicted:
8/15/2006
1950 AD - 2010 AD
Materials:
Brazilian hardwood deck
reinforced concrete deck slabs and abutments
stainless steel veneer panels
steel girders
Notes:
BP Pedestrian Bridge or simply BP Bridge is a pedestrian bridge crossing Columbus Drive in the Loop community area of Chicago that connects Millennium Park to Daley Bicentennial Plaza in Grant Park. The girder bridge is the first bridge designed by Pritzker Prize-winner, Gehry, and was named for British Petroleum who donated $5 million to the construction of the Park. The bridge is designed with a continuous slope rather than landings and switchback ramps, and it has a modest 5% slope to allow easy access for the physically challenged. The bridge was designed to serve two purposes: as a link between the Loop and the Lake Michigan lakefront, and also as a berm sound barrier between the vehicular traffic noise on the six-lane Columbus Drive and the stereophonic sounds of the Park's outdoor bandshell (Jay Pritzker Pavilion) by deflecting traffic sounds upward.
Variant Titles:
Millennium Park: BP Pedestrian Bridge
Bicentennial Plaza Bridge
Topics:
Architecture -- United States -- 20th century -- (YVRC)
Architecture -- United States -- 21st century -- (YVRC)
Period/Style:
Twenty-first century
Culture:
American
Accession Number:
2A2-US-CH-MP-2-A21
Genre:
architecture (AAT)
bridges (built works) (AAT)
bridges (built works): footbridges (AAT)
Format:
Image
Content Type:
Sculptures, Models, & Architecture
Rights:
Copyright Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc
The use of this image may be subject to the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) or to site license or other rights management terms and conditions. The person using the image is liable for any infringement.
Access Restrictions:
Yale Community Only
Digital:
contemporary (1960 to present); bridges (built works); pedestrian bridge; steel clad; acoustics construction built works; bridges (built works)
Source Creator:
Gilchrist, Scott
Source Title:
Archivision Module Three
Source Created:
2878 Chamonix, Montreal QC
Archivision, Inc.
8/15/2006
Source Note:
Purchase, Visual Resources Collection, May, 2011; photographer Scott Gilchrist
Yale Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Digital Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Local Record Number:
4152
OID:
10160728
PID:
digcoll:1855276