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From the Archives: April 2005
Plein air painting in pastels
This is a plein air pastel painting of the A. Murray MacKay Bridge, affectionately known as The New Bridge.1 Some would say things never get old in Halifax, except for the fact that we have another bridge referred to as “The Old Bridge.” If you’re visiting or new to the area, it’s a good idea to know which bridge is which as it can be confusing no matter how long you’ve lived here. The New Bridge is located on then northern tip of the Halifax Peninsula, the Old Bridge is further south. Both bridges collect tolls, so have some change handy, if you’re crossing either bridge.
This scene reminds me of the beautiful weather we’re experiencing right now, it feels like spring has finally sprung! Can’t believe how time flies, this pastel painting was completed 18 years ago. Does that make it new or old?
The A. Murray MacKay Bridge, (The New Bridge), opened 53 years ago (1970). It is one of two bridges here in Halifax that span the Halifax Harbour to connect the Halifax peninsula to the Dartmouth area. The Old Bridge was opened in 1955 and is situated further south, its actual name is the Angus L. MacDonald bridge.