Community commemorates the fifth anniversary of the I-35W Bridge collapse

The fifth anniversary of the collapse of the I-35W Bridge will be observed Aug. 1 as survivors, first responders, artists and community leaders gather to reflect on how that day transformed lives and our community.

Following a 5:45 p.m. commemoration event, a photographic exhibition, Bridge, will open to the public. (Please note: Due to limited space, the commemoration event required advance reservations; no more reservations can be accepted at this time because all available spaces have been reserved.) The public is welcome to attend the opening of the photographic exhibition which is set for 7 - 9 p.m., Aug. 1 in the Mill City Museum lobby.

The exhibition by artist Vance Gellert is the culmination of a two-year project in which Gellert interviewed and photographed the survivors, first responders and others closely associated with the bridge collapse. In addition to portraits of and a selection of quotes from the survivors and first responders, photographs of the remains of the bridge girders – twisted metal that was transformed into sculptural objects in the 13 seconds that it took for the bridge to collapse – will be included in the exhibition.

The exhibition, which is free to view, will be in the Mill City Museum’s central lobby through December 2012. For museum hours, go to


Published Jul 31, 2012