Next time you're traveling south on I-5, it's worth getting off the freeway at Fort Vancouver (just before the Oregon border) to walk across the new land bridge that's one of seven sites in Maya Lin's Convergence Project. Designed by JohnPaul Jones, it's a feat of engineering, an historic restoration project, an art installation, and a showcase for Northwest native plants. It's so delightful to walk across the bridge's packed earth and basket-weave patterned surface, that it's easy to forget the bridge serves the vital purpose of re-connecting the old fort to the Columbia River waterfront.
The land bridge is forty feet wide and so organically curvaceous that as the plants grow up you'll feel submerged in nature and forget how disturbed this beautiful, historic site has been for so long.....The bridge was completed in August, 2008 and cost $12.25 million dollars. Thanks to Maya Lin's vision, the connection between fort and river, interrupted for a hundred years by the railroad and highway, has been quite literally bridged.
Welcome gate designed by Native American artist Lillian Pitt