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SEPTEMBER 25, 2010

Saturday night under the bridge

Interior of Detroit-Superior Bridge during IngenuityFestThe cavernous lower level of the Detroit-Superior Bridge is worth a visit anytime, but nothing beats a night-time visit during IngenuityFest.

The concrete arches and pillars date back to around 1914 when public architecture was far grander than today. Even in its current semi-abandoned state the bridge structure is impressive. And then Ingenuity takes over.

For three days the IngenuityFest fills this mile-long corridor with music, art, video and activity. It's quite the scene as you rub shoulders with Clevelanders of all ages, races and genders strolling from artwork to artwork. You might pass a stage where an opera singer belts out an aria while a couple of minutes further down the hip-hop reaches painful volumes.

If the art, dance, and music aren't quite your cup of tea, the view from the center of the bridge—east to the brightly-lit Progressive Field, north the lake and 150 feet straight down to the Cuyahoga River—will make the trip worthwhile.


One of this year's highlights was Lifeline, a temporary waterfall from the highest point of the bridge, a spectacular sight at night.

Inside, Melissa Daubert followed last year's Urban Trotter with a new installation called Cat Walk.

Here, see for yourself.

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