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Bridge to art: spanning the Straits of Mackinac.

The Mackinac Bridge was completed in 1957, crossing the Straits of Mackinac to connect the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan.

My elementary students are familiar with this bridge, as we live only fifteen miles south of it. All have seen it, and most have crossed it. Many have relatives who were involved in the bridge's construction. So, for a unique holiday art project, we drew the bridge decorated with colored lights, as it always is in December.

We discussed the bridge's history --the need for its construction, the planning and research prior to its building and the various structural stages of construction.

A Bridge of Their Own

The drawings were executed on dark blue or black 12 x 18" (30 x 46 cm) paper with oil pastels. Emphasis was placed on preliminary sketching with one light color, and on placement of the parts of the bridge in the actual building order: towers, main cables, wire rope suspending cables, stiffening tresses, roadway. Children were encouraged to fill the paper with the bridge form.

Once the structural bases were drawn, details were added. We particularly noted how the trusses supported the roadway, consisting of a series of interlocking triangles. The triangles were repeated in the pierced designs on the towers.

The stars in the sky, the water, and lights on the bridge were added last, along with whatever details the students chose to add to their artwork. The latter ranged from cars, trucks, trailers and freighters, to Marilyn Monroe crossing the bridge in a red convertible.

Cynthia DeBolt teachers elementary art in the Cheyboygan Area School District in Northern Michigan.
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Author:DeBolt, Cynthia
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Date:Oct 1, 1992
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