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Taylor Southgate Bridge Graffiti

Artist Name - artist image Eszpebea

SB? BS? This is Eszpebea's signature.

Selected Works

Southgate Bridge Graffiti - 2012

Southgate Bridge II - 2013

Southgate Bridge III - 2014

The Taylor Southgate Bridge connects Newport, Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio. On the Cincinnat side, the bridge ends a stone's throw from the Red's ball park and the Cyclone's hockey arena. The bridge gets A LOT of walkers coming from Kentucky to the games.

Southgate Bridge Graffiti 2012

September 2012

In the summer of 2012, Eszpebea began drawing on the Southgate Bridge. She/he used all parts of the bridge - railings, beams, sidewalks and steps - as her/his canvas. The Kentucky Department of Transportation works almost as hard as Eszpebea to paint over or sand away the work.

What is pictured here are twelve fragments on the bridge beams from the July-August 2012 period. They were all removed by the Kentucky DOT before Fall 2012.

Southgate Bridge II - 2013

March 2013

In the Spring of 2013, Eszpebea was back. This time she/he christened the Southgate a 'Free Art Bridge' and several other artists joined her/him in making the bridge their gallery. Eszpebea is back but with more graphics than prose works. The Kentucky DOT cleaned up the bridge by May but the Free Art Bridge lives in these pictures.

Southgate Bridge III - 2014

June 2014

In 20014, the bridge columns and sweeps stood clean, ready for new art. It did not take long. Seven poems by Eszpebea appeared in late May. The work was captured in June and painted over by the end of the month. You have to hand it to the Kentucky DOT. Kentucky is one of poorest states in the Union and spends little money (or has concern for) for the health and education of their citizens. But boy, do they know how to keep a bridge clean!!