The bridge has a few names. Officially, it's titled:
As Above So Below
but I've also heard it called:
The Magic Bridge
The Fish Bridge
The Glass Bridge
It's all about Trey. There's the III, there's a last supper for the last time we had dinner together. This amazing night with all of his best friends at my house sharing a meal and there's a plaque with this saying he loved on it:
Pain is Temporary; Glory is Forever; Chicks Dig Scars
When I was putting that in, this kid drove by on a hopped up motorcycle. He and his bike were all tricked out in red. He had little curls coming out from under his helmet and a little tiny backpack on. It was Trey. I'm not kidding. He just drove past me and then on up the street and came back down but turned out on Wilson. Powerful moment.
There's an interesting story about The Bridge and The City. Somewhere along the way a complaint got filed with The City by someone who liked the bridge better the way it used to be. And a complaint filed is a complaint filed ... so .... the city sent out someone to destroy the work. Fortunately, the guy they sent looked at it and refused to destroy it and the neighborhood had some time to spring into action. I'm not sure what all happened. I was in Virginia at The Big Visit. DJ came back before I did and was staying with Maybelline while all this was going on. I think Mr. Swenson (lovely man; lives across the street) actually spoke with The City worker and then Dave Humphries taped onto the bridge a note that described what was going on with the complaint and The City. Mr. Swenson put up a note; Diana Claytor got involved. My whole neighborhood seemed to have something to say about it. Sounded all positive from where I was, but we were kind of expecting The City to come out and destroy it at any time. Between the notes my neighbors wrote, prayers, good vibes, Diana, Chuck and Ginny, Mr. Keep Austin Weird Himself ... THE BRIDGE WAS SAVED.
I'm really thankful that it gets to stay and I'm thankful to all of my neighborhood for being so excited about the bridge and for all the good energy they send my way.
Not for nothin' but when I was putting in the mosaic at The Phoenix Academy this guy came up and told me he loved the way I was making the neighborhood beautiful and then he got all choked up and told me that he was really sorry and he never meant for what happened to happen back with The Bridge. He said he didn't really get it then. Wow.
I always freeze a little when I'm starting a new project. This particular project - I had to call in the big guns. Darshan come over and drew me some fish. In typical Darshan style, it was a long elaborate process that involved me getting out every crafting project tool I've ever owned. And in typical Darshan style, it was the thing that made the difference. They make the mosaic work because they are so perfect. Fran came in for the grouting - her first day in Texas. Thought I'd make her sing for her supper, you know. And this guy next door, Ryan, had asked if there was a part that was really hard and could he help with that part ... umm ... yes ... so David Jewell, those two and myself did the grouting. All in all the project took a week.
Now I want to do the other side - with a turtle on the top to tip our hats to The Old Man who lives under the bridge. Quoting David Elliott there. I want to do the back side with a Moab scene for Mr. Swenson. I guess I need to figure out who to talk to at the city first.