SCHANILEC, Gaylord, b.1955. ~ High Bridge 1.
Colour wood engraving printed by the artist. Edition of 69. Signed, dated and numbered by the artist. Image Size 9 cm x 12.5 cm (5 x 3.5 ins). Paper Size 25.5 cm x 19 cm.
Engraved for a book ‘High Bridge’ printed and illustrated by Gaylord Schanilec and written by Clayton Schanilec, published in 1987.
On February 24, 1985, 24,000 people gathered on the banks of the Mississippi River in Saint Paul, Minnesota to witness the demolition of a 97 year old bridge that connected their communities for generations. When it came down in a well-orchestrated collapse of steel, there was scattered applause and then silence. No one present had ever see this valley without the bridge.
‘High Bridge’ documents the passing of the bridge, contrasting images of demolition with accounts of its construction. The images are a sequence of ten wood engravings printed in 5 to 7 colours. These compositions blend together in a cinemagraphic-like style, affording views of the bridge as if on a walk.