A quick but simply amazing video about the New York’s Brooklyn Bridge, made by Harrison Boyce from Defgrip. Seen on Nowness.
“It heath cables and it does one good to cross it every day,” wrote Jack Kerouac in his 1956 pem “Brooklyn Bridge Blues”, inspired by the New York monument that also attracted the likes of poets Vladimir Mayakovsky, Marianne Moore, and even Walt Whitman, who immortalized the part-built landmark back in 1878. The neo-Gothic symmetry of one of the city’s most recognizable structures is honored in this short film by filmmaker Harrison Boyce, narrated by Academy Award-winning actor and director Fisher Stevens, Today potentially overlooked as an object of mere utility overshadowed by the imposing skyline of Manhattan, here the Brooklyn Bridge’s aesthetic appeal is reinvigorated some 130 years after it first opened in 1883, when it was one of the tallest structures in the city. The 1.1 mile steel-wire suspension bridge was originally designed by German immigrant John Augustus Roebling and took 14 years to complete, linking Manhattan and Brooklyn across the East River – a cultural connection that continues to flourish today. Boyce filmed the ode to his favorite landmark between shooting the titles for Saturday Night Live and working on fashion and music projects for Dazed & Confused. “What I really love about the Brooklyn Bridge is how many different elements were brought together to build it,” he says. While the other bridges in New York are made primarily of metal, the Brooklyn Bridge has stone, wood, steel, cement, and all these old signs and doorways; it has a lot of mystery to it.”