In honor of the upcoming 60th anniversary of the Mackinac Bridge linking Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas, the Mackinac Bridge Authority is offering four new commemorative posters:
- “60th Anniversary Tower” is an artistic rendition of one of the bridge’s tower structures, from the perspective of the bridge deck.
- “60th Anniversary Swans” features a landscape view of the bridge from the shore, with two swans swimming in the foreground.
- “60th Anniversary Construction Photos” is a collage of 15 black and white and one sepia-tone photographs of the bridge during construction.
- “60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee” is a portrait photo of the bridge from beneath, and a quote from art and architecture critic John Ruskin.
“These posters show the bridge from several perspectives people have come to know and love over its 60-year history,” said Executive Secretary Bob Sweeney. “Any one of them makes a great keepsake for this milestone anniversary.”
The four new designs, as well as copies of four posters from the 50th anniversary, are available for purchase for $10 each or $30 for any four. An order form is available on the Mackinac Bridge website: http://www.mackinacbridge.org/shopping/mackinac-bridge-posters/.
The iconic five-mile-long structure – the Western Hemisphere’s longest suspension bridge between cable anchorages – was designed by engineer Dr. David B. Steinman. Construction began in 1954, and the bridge was opened to traffic on Nov. 1, 1957. More of the history on the bridge and its construction is available at http://www.mackinacbridge.org/history/history-of-the-bridge/