Andrews/LeFevre Studios was commissioned by the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) and Schiavone Construction to create nine cast bronze historical medallions, depicting a timeline of New York City’s High Bridge. Featured illustrations were developed from historic references by DDC artist David Akey.
The High Bridge is the oldest standing bridge in New York City. Today, it provides a pedestrian-friendly walkway connecting Manhattan and the Bronx. Originally built as an aqueduct in 1848, the bridge channeled water from the Croton River to supply a growing New York City with additional fresh water. The bridge stands nearly 140 feet high over the Harlem River, allowing ships to pass underneath. A portion of the bridge was reconstructed as a single steel arch in 1928 (previously it was a series of stone arches that divided sections of the river). The bridge remained open for use until the 1970’s, when it fell into major disrepair. The High Bridge remained closed for 40 years, until the new restoration effort was completed on June 9, 2015 by the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation.
Each 36” bronze medallion is inset into the brick walkway of the pedestrian-friendly bridge. As visitors walk over the Harlem River from the Bronx to Manhattan, seven medallions provide a chronological timeline of major events in the High Bridge’s history. At the Manhattan entrance, pedestrians will find two dedication markers, one dedicated to the original engineers and contractors who created the impressive landmark in 1848, and the other to the 2015 organizations responsible for the current restoration.
The High Bridge restoration was celebrated at the High Bridge Festival on July 25th, 2015. More information on the High Bridge and upcoming events can be found on the NYC Parks website.
Andrews/LeFevre Studios was commissioned by NYC Parks and Recreation, the New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) and Schiavone Construction, to create nine cast bronze historical medallions, depicting a timeline of New York City’s High Bridge.
Come to the High Bridge Festival this Saturday to celebrate the reopening of New York City’s oldest bridge, and take a look at our medallions installed along the pedestrian walkway!
For more information on the High Bridge Festival, click here.
Andrews/LeFevre Studios has been in collaboration with ADEC on designs for a Landmark Medallion, interpretive plaque and monument wall for the first phase of development in Baku White City. These bronze and granite sculptures were installed just before Christmas in Azerbaijan’s exciting new city development which features planning and architecture by international firms such as Foster+ Partners, Atkins, F+A and UN Studio.
The President of Azerbaijan visited the site of the newly constructed office building and our large scale monument wall shortly after installation.
TALK AT THE MID-MANHATTAN LIBRARY, NYC
Monday May 12, 6:30pm – free event
The artists of Andrews/LeFevre Studios share stories about the authors featured in Library Way and speak about their design process for the iconic bronze inset series leading up East 41st Street to the Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue. Anecdotes and experiences from related public art projects in New York, Boston, Salt Lake City and Iowa City will be interwoven throughout the visual presentation.
Location: Mid-Manhattan Library 455 Fifth Avenue (at 40th Street) – (212) 340-0863 Please visit our Facebook page to learn more. Hope to see you there!
A fantastic video about the Zack Street Promenade for the Arts in Tampa, Florida that Andrews/LeFevre Studios created historic medallions for. The commercial and social impacts of our integrated artwork is discussed. (scroll to 2:30)