The Mountain State Bridge, WV

Daniela Carranco 3B

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Elements & Principles

In my monochromatic landscape painting, I have used the Element of Art, color. I organized, color to make the Principle of Design, Unity. Unity is a harmonious feeling by repeating an element throughout a work of art. I created this principle by repeating blue but changing the value of the color blue by making it lighter and darker as you go down the work of art.

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History & Culture

The West Virginia Bridge is located in New River Gorge, West Virginia. It was created in 1974 and it was built so that it marked the end of the old long commute from one side of the New River Gorge to the other. The bridge opening marked the end of the old, long distance from one side of the New River Gorge to the other. The bridge was chosen to represent the state on the memorial quarter released by the U.S. Mint in 2006. In 2013, the National Park Service listed the New River Gorge Bridge in the National Register of Historic Places as a significant historic resource.


Nps.gov,. "New River Gorge Bridge - New River Gorge National River (U.S. National Park Service)". N.p., 2016. Web. 20 Jan. 2016.


Cabinwestvirginia.com,. 'New River Bridge, West Virginia, Near Our Cabin Rental'. N.p., 2015. Web. 17 Nov. 2015.

Art & Design

The West Virginia Division of Highways chose the Michael Baker Company as the designer of the construction and the contract was awarded to the American Bridge Division of U.S. Steel. In June 1974, the first steel was positioned over the gorge by trolleys running on 3" diameter cables. The cables were strung 3,500 feet between two matching towers. Corten steel, with a rust-like appearance that didn't need painting and was used in its construction.


Nps.gov,. "New River Gorge Bridge - New River Gorge National River (U.S. National Park Service)". N.p., 2016. Web. 20 Jan. 2016.

Personal Response

What attracted me to choose this monument. I like how it was pretty easy drawing for me to do. I really liked its details and design. The small river under the bridge I also thought that it would be pretty cool to get on a boat and just go under the bridge and see how cool and big the bridge is. I also liked on how the trees were also there. In my opinion, the season that I think will look good with the bridge would be Fall, because the trees are all brown, yellow, red, & orange. It also gives a very colorful view.

I think it is relevant because its suppose to be used to transport us to the other side of the mountain. I don't think it should be taking down, like I said before, it allows us to transport from the other side and to me, the bridge looks very vintage and it really fits with trees & the river