In the Studio: Brooklyn Yellow


[Brooklyn Yellow (2012) Brooklyn Bridge (1883) John A. Roebling, designer & chief engineer, Washington Roebling, chief engineer /Image & Artwork: designslinger studio]

It all began in April 1867 when the New York legislature gave the okay. The New York Bridge Company could go ahead and start getting to work building the world's longest suspension bridge, joining Brooklyn and Manhattan. The bridge's road bed would be suspended in the air by masses of bundled wire cables stretched over two towering towers, designed and engineered by John A. Roebling. 


[Brooklyn Yellow - ink mix /Image & Artwork: designslinger studio]

Roebling didn't mince words. "The contemplated work, when constructed in accordance
with my design, will not only be the greatest bridge in existence, but it will be the greatest engineering work of this continent, and of the age. Its most conspicuous features, the towers, will serve as landmarks to the adjoining cities, and they will be ranked as national monuments."


[Brooklyn Yellow - yellow drying /Image & Artwork: designslinger studio]

Unfortunately Roebling didn't get to see his great work completed. He died in 1869 after
severely injuring his foot which became infected with the muscle spasm producing, lockjaw inducing, tetanus bacteria. His son Washington took over the reins, and was stricken down by the bends in 1872. The malady was caused by taking too much air into the lungs too quickly after being in the compressed environment of the submerged caisson chambers. He never fully recovered, and as an invalid, supervised the bridge's construction from the window of his Brooklyn home. The mighty span was opened on May 24, 1883 by U.S. President Chester A. Arthur, who walked across and over the East River from Brooklyn to Manhattan.


[Brooklyn Yellow - contrast ink mix /Image & Artwork: designslinger studio]

We wanted our rendition of Roebling's self-proclaimed landmark to convey the power
and majesty of the cable connected towers with a hint of the boroughs it joined. After several working drawings with two, three, and four colors, two did the trick.

You can see our version of this NYC icon at: Brooklyn Yellow.

 
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