Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Virtual Paintout in the Philippines

The Jones Bridge, Manilla
Watercolour and crayon
Charlene Brown

The Virtual Paintout is in the Philippines this month I looked for a ‘populated’ streetview again, and it was a lot easier to find groups of people out and about here than it was in Utah last month! Here is a link to this Streetview of the Jones Bridge in Manilla

And here is some interesting information I found on Wikipedia:
After floods damaged the original Puente de Espana on the Pasig River, construction of a replacement bridge was started in 1916 by the American Colonial government. It was named Jones Bridge after the principal author of the Philippine Autonomy Act of 1916. This ornate Neoclassical concrete arch bridge was bordered by pillars topped with a series of statues called La Madre Filipina. Unfortunately, it was destroyed by bombs during World War II.

After the war, the bridge was reconstructed by the American and Philippine governments under the Philippine Rehabilitation Act. The replacement span is relatively bare in design, but the three La Madre Filipina statues that had survived the bobing were preserved and moved to other locations in Manila.