Part of the Present Life
"Art is not a treasure in the past or an importation from another land, but part of the present life of all living and creating peoples." -FDR
The opening day celebration for the FDR Mid Hudson Bridge took place on August 25, 1930 in Poughkeepsie, New York. It was officiated by then Governor and Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt, former Governor and Mrs. Smith and the Poughkeepsie mayor. The celebration included a parade, official dedication ceremony in Union Square, clambake, music, a block dance and fireworks. At 5:30 P.M., Mrs. Smith cut the ribbon on the east side of the span while Mrs. Roosevelt cut the ribbon on the west. An auto procession began from both sides and met in the middle. On that first day, 12,000 automobiles and 30,000 pedestrians crossed the Mid-Hudson Bridge for free. The pink display showing this night is part of the varying LED light show installed in 2001. After reading the art quote above, I think FDR himself would have enjoyed this colorful addition to his elegant bridge.
(photo taken long exposure in 3 layers)