Yaquina Bay Bridge
Driftwood Public Library is pleased to welcome Matt Love to Lincoln City’s Driftwood Library September 24th to discuss his newest book Love & the Green Lady: Meditations on the Yaquina Bay Bridge, Oregon’s Crown Jewel of Socialism. The event begins at 3pm.
Oregon opened the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport on Labor Day 1936. Built during the New Deal, the Yaquina Bay Bridge was the aesthetic and engineering brainchild of Conde McCullough, Oregon’s State Bridge Engineer from 1919 to 1937. For 75 years the Yaquina Bay Bridge has stood magnificently as a monument to excellence in architecture and how a partnership between state and federal government in the throes of an economic calamity can produce something practical, beautiful, and lasting. It is nothing less than an Oregon landmark and a powerful reminder how to build a great bridge.
“Since I moved to the Newport area four years ago, I’ve driven across the bridge thousands of times and basically had my entire aesthetic redefined,” said Love. “My obsession for this magnificent piece of engineering and McCullough’s genuius inspired this book and its highly eccentric construction. I like to think that no one’s ever written a book about a piece of Oregon engineering quite like this. ”
Blending an eclectic variety of literary genres, including memoir, essay, vignette, autobiography, letter, homework, meditation, ode, commentary, oral history, polemic, curriculum, and confession, the book also contains over 100 photographs of the bridge taken by Love and some of his students.
“One sunny afternoon, I looked at the bridge’s soaring sinuous green lines and saw a woman. Call it personification or call it a writer’s pretentiousness, or call Dr. Freud, but the Yaquina Bay Bridge suddenly appeared to me as a very attractive woman. Right then, I dubbed her the Green Lady and I was in love,” writes Love in the book’s introduction.