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BP Pedestrian Bridge, Chicago

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The BP Pedestrian Bridge, or simply BP Bridge, is a girder footbridge in the Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois, United States. It spans Columbus Drive to connect Maggie Daley Park (formerly, Daley Bicentennial Plaza) with Millennium Park, both parts of the larger Grant Park. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry, it opened along with the rest of Millennium Park on July 16, 2004. Gehry had been courted by the city to design the bridge and the neighboring Jay Pritzker Pavilion, and eventually agreed to do so after the Pritzker family funded the Pavilion.
Named for energy firm BP, which donated $5 million toward its construction, it is the first Gehry-designed bridge to have been completed. BP Bridge is described as snakelike because of its curving form. Designed to bear a heavy load without structural problems caused by its own weight, it has won awards for its use of sheet metal. The bridge is known for its aesthetics, and Gehry's style is seen in its biomorphic allusions and extensive sculptural use of stainless steel plates to express abstraction.
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  • This is a very nice stainless steel pedestrian bridge. We stumbled across it by chance trying to get from one park to the other (Millenium & Maggie Daley).  more »
  • There's no place on earth outside of Chicago that has a Frank Gehry bridge - this is the only one he's built. It is his pure style, and is an excellent companion to the nearby Jay Pritzker Pavillon, a...  more »
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  • Such a fun bridge to meander along after visiting Millennium Park and the Bean. Connects to more lovely parks on the other side of the street. Very accessibility friendly as well!
  • A beautiful, snakelike pedestrian bridge connecting Maggie Daley Park with Millennium Park. It was named for the energy firm BP, which donated $5 Million toward its construction.

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