The Marquette Interchange... an identity rebirth
Core Construction Project: April, 2006 ~ August, 2008
by Richard Bublitz
About the Book
This book contains over 300 images documenting the reconstruction of the Marquette Interchange in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The Marquette Interchange Construction Project began in 2004 in various areas surrounding the core project. My photography of the project started in April of 2006 while there was still demolition activity going on, and continued through its completion in August, 2008.
The Marquette Interchange Project was complicated by the need to keep Milwaukee's downtown open for business and highways open to traffic. By 2008, forty years after it helped usher Milwaukee into the age of modern expressways, the old Marquette Interchange will be mostly, if not totally gone. The new Marquette Interchange is aimed at delivering a safer, more useable interchange.
By completion, the new Marquette Interchange will have gained national recognition in engineering and management practices - and finished three months ahead of schedule and under budget. With a lifespan of 75 years, the new interchange will be a permanent part of the Milwaukee cityscape - as an architectural element standing amongst other Milwaukee landmarks such as the Milwaukee County Courthouse, the Calatrava addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum, Discovery World, the new Harley-Davidson Museum and the Marquette University Campus.
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Features & Details
My photographic journeys begin at a specific location, which lead to discoveries of subject matter enhanced by natural light and elements of composition. In this sense, visual poetry transcends typical graphics, by using photographic imagery that distinguishes subject matter through composition, color or lack of color, focus and interest. Graphic color textures are often used to further enhance these images. The resulting images not only document, but also to arouse a viewer's senses, emotion and intellect. These images are used for prominent viewing in the home and business environment as shelf and wall groupings; subject matter includes fine art, landscape, waterscapes, street, and documentary photography.