The Bridge Which Brings Cultures Together by Marilyn Lindstrom, Carlos Menchaca and John Acosta

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This pedestrian bridge rising over Robert Street in St. Paul’s West Side neighborhood was painted in 1997 by Carlos Menchaca, John Acosta, Marilyn Lindstrom and several assistants, including Mai Houa Thao, Pa Houa Yang, Pa Haua Thao and Mai Shong Thao. It’s called “The Bridge Which Brings Cultures Together” and features people of different cultures on the walkway above the road and basic symbols on either wall. The middle portion of the support beams features faux-brick painting.

Curiously, the actual walkway of the bridge appears to have been painted several times as part of two projects unconnected with the bridge painting, Gateway Mural Project ’91 and a Mural Project ’97. Both are in considerable disrepair and appear to have used a less unified approach.

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