Over several years of community engagement, we’ve heard the importance placed on acknowledging the region’s multi-faceted past and present. Based on this feedback, WDBA is excited to launch a new partnership with the Art Gallery of Windsor (AGW) with the opening of the Bridge Artists exhibit – an exhibition that celebrates significant historical and cultural aspects of the regions.
The Bridge Artist exhibit opens to the public on August 12, 2021, and features a selection of drawings, paintings and textiles from the Anishinaabe artists Teresa Altiman and Daisy White of Walpole Island First Nation and Naomi Peters of Caldwell First Nation who were commissioned to create the art murals displayed on the bridge tower forms at the Canadian project site in 2020. Learn more about the artists.
A 20-foot scale model of the Gordie Howe International Bridge project has also been incorporated into the exhibit, alongside the artists’ work. This model highlights the intricate design details of the four project components and illustrates how the bridge, Canadian and US Ports of Entry, and the Michigan Interchange work together to create a new border transportation system.
In addition to the physical exhibit, additional programming and workshops will be offered, including tours, group presentations and a workshop series for youth.
The project team continues to meet with the community to discuss the integration of additional cultural and historical recognition features into the project and associated community-based initiatives, where possible. The launch of this exhibition and partnership is the starting point for future collaboration.