Bridge and Tunnel for Walt Whitman


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When the Walt Whitman Bridge, spanning from Philadelphia to New Jersey, was built in the 1950s, conservative Catholics organized to protest its title, but dared not speak the name of the love they associated with Whitman in their objection.  The work’s fur muff serves as both formal beard and doubly penetrated central core, bridging two balsa wood renderings of the suspension bridge.

12”w x 96”l x 6”h
balsa wood, fur
2014