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With a clearance of just 30 feet, it's no surprise that Seattle's Fremont Bridge is the most frequently opened drawbridge in the country. This is because it must lift for almost every boat that passes underneath—so about 35 times a day. Although it creates long delays for drivers, the bridge is highly celebrated by the neighboring bohemian community.
The bridge was built in 1917 to connect the Fremont and Queen Anne neighborhoods. In 1985, the bridge was painted its distinctive blue color after a vote was taken at a local street fair. Over the years, the bridge has emerged into a community arts center with a continuously growing collection of unique pieces and features. Most recently, an electronic bike counter was installed that displays the number of bicyclists that cross the bridge each day.
In terms of public art, Fremont Bridge's token piece is definitely the glowing, neon Rapunzel. She sits in one of the bridge's control towers where her neon blonde hair cascades down the wall. While there, be sure to scout out the other piece that represents a Rudyard Kipling fable—a neon crocodile and elephant located on the opposite side of the tower. The public art pieces serve as a reminder that Fremont will always be Seattle's favorite community for organic arts. Cover image via Wikimedia Commons by Steven Pavlov (CC BY-SA 4.0).