Southeast Shear : Barraque Bridge Plaza2000
150’ x 90’ x 80’
timber, steel, cement, water, landscape, light
Pine Bluff, Arkansas
commissioning agencies: National Endowment of the Arts,
White House Millennium Council, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation,
Arts and Science Center of Southeast Arkansas
Working with local government, industry, schools, cultural and community organizations, Glassman reclaimed a derelict historic waterfront area to create a permanent freeform structural central plaza, including the renovation of an 1877 cast iron industrial facade, an artificial river and thermostatically controlled misters, landscaping, sewer and sidewalk construction. Particular collaboration with the port authority, city bridge crews, and logging industry generated a genuinely innovative merger of pier construction technology and traditional bamboo construction.
structural engineer - T.J. Rowell; Contractor - Benny Hatcher, Inc.
photos: Tim Hursley