Suprising Rise

A great article from Bicycle Times about the bike culture in the Twin Cities.

One thing that I hope would come to pass is some sort of resolution around the old, 1920’s Cedar Avenue Bridge. A connection across the river appears to be out of reach for the time being however. A really thorough survey of the the Old Cedar Avenue Bridge with a multitude of pictures showing the state of decay. Aerial View

I’d also like to see the Midtown Greenway extended over the Mississpi via the Short Line Bridge. It doesn’t look like that will happen any time soon either. Of course recent events with the Sabo Bridge are going to push these future expansions out even further.

One thing I always find of interest when I’m on the Greenway to look to look up and note the dates on the bridges especially those from Bryant to 18th. Some are well over 100 years old if memory serves.

And let’s not forgot all of the great regional and out state trails that Minnesota has to offer.

P.S. – I forget if I’ve linked to Cage Design before, but it appears that their series of MSP bike posters is still available. I purchased a couple of the posters a few years ago and they are really slick.

More of a Gampi man myself

Make no mistake about it, making Japanese style paper is hard. Nice article on Tim Barrett.

Nothing but a wet sheen was left on the mold. I thought that the process had, for some reason, failed to produce paper. But soon, from a corner of the frame, Barrett peeled off a pale yellow sheet, which resembled a large damp handkerchief. “People are always surprised when they see it for the first time,” he told me afterward. “It’s as though it comes out of nowhere.”

I think a ‘damp handkerchief’ is being generous. A ‘wet tissue’ would be more like it. Western style paper is a lot easier to make but both have their allure I suppose. Papermaking is so different both in process and material than what I do, but I love doing it none the less.

Speaking of local hand made paper, congrats to Cave Paper as the winner of the 2012 Minnesota Book Artist Award.

Jim Hodges’ Buoyant Monoliths

New outdoor installation at the Walker.

Interesting mention of environmental concerns-

Another key consideration of construction was how the boulders and seamed steel would weather Minnesota’s harsh winters. Walker registrar Joe King traveled to New York to view the work and discuss this matter with conservators and fabricators. Concerned about how frozen moisture might affect natural fissures in the stone, King also met with the artist. Between pinning and sealing some cracks, and allowing for natural deterioration of others—“letting rocks be rocks,” as King says—such concerns were allayed.

I wonder what amount of consideration was given to the mismatch in the coefficient of thermal expansion between the rock and the steel.

Anyway, looking forward to checking the piece out after installation in April 2012. I’m sure the date(s) are coincidental, but the colors do have a very “Eastery” feel to me…