From: Dennis Jennings
I think Jim Carlson’s idea is a good one. A ribbon of white streaking across the river with trees and bluffs in the background, then making a gentle curve to make a perfect transition onto Main St. It could be beautiful. I, on the other hand, see the bridge as the possibility of a great work of art. Some of the most beautiful architecture in the world are bridges. I see it as an opportunity to create a great work of art. Take Frank Gehry for example. If he designed the bridge people would come from all over the world to see it. Frank Gehry is considered one of the top five architects of the Twentieth Century and that includes Frank Lloyd Wright. And he is still alive and lives in Santa Monica. Have you heard of Bilbao, Spain? He built a work of architecture there and it has made that city a world destination.
The days of building great architecture in Winona are over. It is a thing of the past. Winona has made so many architectural mistakes I couldn’t begin to count them. I wanted to donate a work of contemporary sculpture to Winona and the mayor told me people would vandalize it. We have enough great art at Lake Park. We have the Ten Commandments and an anchor on a pile of rocks.
Who would we get to work on a project like the bridge. Nobody has the courage or the knowledge to know where to begin.
Louis Armstrong said “ there are two kinds of music, good music and bad music”. I will give you an example of good art and bad art. Go to Fourth St. and Main. Take a good look at the Winona National Bank building, then turn and face the abysmal piece of junk across the street on the corner. That is good art and bad art. Winona could be a monument to art but it won’t be.