Angel Wings Bridge, oil, 6 x 6, $85
Today is Day 20 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge that I signed on to be apart of with Leslie Saeta and over 260 other artists.
My theme is: Connecticut Treasures.
Highlighting a roadway seems well, kind of funny as a Connecticut Treasure but not this one. It's the Merritt Parkway Rt. 15 in CT. Heading north from NY and into the middle of CT I can say that I've travel this road my entire life. Growing up in New Canaan, CT I know some people may dislike the daily congestion, the ridiculously sharp exit ramps and the zero to 60 in a second entrance ramps, after all it was built in the 1930's and here's what Congressman Schuyler Merritt had to say at the groundbreaking ceremony in July 1934.
"This great highway is not being constructed primarily for rapid transit but for pleasant transit. This county [Fairfield County] is fortunate in having such beautiful backcountry and it is our great duty to see that these beauties are preserved."
See so here beauty clearly outshines function!
But there's a personal story behind this painting and it's just a little love story. In 2008 when I meet my husband Dean, he was on the road a lot traveling daily for work and all my family still lived in Fairfield County. Quite often we would both be traveling on the Merritt Parkway at the same time in different vehicles. And we would use this bridge that crosses over James Farm Road in Stratford as a landmark, and I dubbed it the "Angel Wings Bridge". So I'd ask Dean, "How far away are you from the "Angel Wings Bridge?" and once he got there he's call and say over the phone (with his earphones in)"give me a kiss I'm going under the Angel Bridge now" and from that day forward each time we pass under this bridge we give each other a kiss.
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Linda S. Marino Art
Branford, CT 06405
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