Friday, January 07, 2005

Snow closes Chicago's Millennium Park Bridge

The Frank Gehry-designed "BP Bridge" at Millennium Park in Chicago has been closed due to snow. The bridge, which connects the park with the eastern section of Grant Park, is made of a Brazilian hardwood that could be damaged by applying the ubiquitous salt that is used in Chicago to prevent pedestrian slippage.

One would think that an architect of Gehry's skill would recognize the climatological particularities of Chicago and the ways in which Chicagoans negotiate with the harsh winter climate.

Perhaps this could be an opening for the City of Chicago to consider more environmentally-friendly anti-slippage agents, as the salt is especially corrosive.

In other Millennium Park news, the Sun-Times reports on new changes to the 6-month old park.