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Early on in this project I was contacted by volunteer citizens working to conserve the areas around the creek. There are plans to demolish the bridge and replace it with something more modern, and ugly. Several citizen groups such as Save the Oaks, and Actera are lobbying to replace the bridge with something that maintains the beauty of the arch such as an arch bridge in the shape and size of the original pre-1948 bridge.
This is the second bridge I have painted before it is potentially torn down. The first was the Willow Glen Trestle (Twenty: The Trestle Charity) which has now been, at least for the time being saved!
The creek was pretty dry when I painted it, but used a little artistic license to add a puddle.
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A distant view of Pope/Chaucer bridge.
My easel painting the bridge.
If you look close, someone has an old rope swing tied up for a little fun when the creek is running.
Of course, lots of graffiti. I put this in for my niece and her husband, who are fans.
Here is a panorama shot in the middle of the underpass. I did not realize until I was there the tunnel makes a slight turn under the bridge.