The Bridge Banner public installation welcomed all those who cross the Water Street Bridge into the river environment and San Lorenzo ancient floodplain. The two woven banner polyester standards on either side of the bridge display a four-foot wide, eight-feet tall map of the San Lorenzo watershed. One side reflected the river tributaries, and the other reflected the roads and dams and bridges snaking across the watershed.
As part MAH Summer Art Works Residency 2016, local Eco-artist Heidi Cramer collaborated with the public to create 120' feet of painted banner spanning the length of the public walkway along the San Lorenzo. When asked about the upcoming event, Heidi said, "The work is a love poem to the river. All our stories are connected. This sculpture highlights how our shared experiences begin to flow into one another."
These salmon-shaped banners highlight the myriad of characteristics using poetry in haiku form and stretch for 500-feet upstream along the river levee. These white salmon symbolize the spirit of the endangered coho and steelhead salmon and honor the hundreds of lives that depend on the health of the river. This work will be installed along the west levee using the lamp posts installed between the Soquel Avenue and Water Street bridge on Saturday June 18th.