Monday, July 26, 2010

Swing Bridge, Sunset Beach, NC

I managed to complete one sketch while visiting with most of my family for a few days last week. Sometimes--okay--ALL the time-- you have to choose between drawing and participating.

We stayed at a beach house in Sunset Beach, North Carolina. There's a small, antique swing bridge to take you across the intracoastal. It's wood surfaced and operates like a large gate to let boats through, on the hour, 7 am - 7 pm and until 9 pm weekends and holidays. There was an old man named James on the bank, watching me and another artist work. He said that the bridge was modernized in the 50s when the mules who'd pulled the bridge back were replaced with machinery. What you can't see in this sketch is the huge concrete monstrosity that will shortly replace this little bridge. I've included the photo of the area below, as a contrast. It will make traffic to and from the little island much easier, but what will be lost? Maybe having to wait to get across meant that only people who really wanted to be there had the patience to get there. Not that I am against modernization, but...

1 comment:

  1. Fantastic. Love that you left out the modern concrete. Reminds me of a Van Gogh sketch.