Frederick, Maryland Community Bridge

Small Symbol Paintings

These photos were taken at the “Community Bridge” mural in downtown Frederick, MD (which was founded in 1743). The mural is the illusion of an old stone bridge, painted over a span of five years, and includes ideas from thousands of residents about the “spirit of community.” such as the “Shofar player.” There are many other small paintings on the walls of the bridge. Would you believe the bridge and walls are nothing more than smooth concrete? ‘Tis true! The stone blocks are painted…even the ivy is painted! On September 12, 1998, there was a public celebration of the completion of the 5-year community bridge mural project. After viewing these photos, you can read the complete story and history, see more photos, and learn more about this style of painting at the official Community Bridge Web Site. An excellent three-part video series on the history, painting of the bridge, and the meaning of a number of the symbols shown in these photos can be viewed here.

Hands holding globe

Candles

Porpoises

Orbits

Never ending knot

Key

Seedpod

Computer smiley face

Man with vessel

“This is a shared vision”

Ivy

Möbius strip

Home in heart

Greek letters

Menorah

Shofar

Chameleon

Steeple

Chess pieces

Snowflakes

Eight point design

Steeples

Detail from bridge arch

Close-up of bridge arch “keystone”

Hands reaching out

Kids climbing trees

Rope with no end

Ivy on corner where bridge meets building wall

Well and bucket

Graduation cap and diploma

Sled

Lioness and cubs

Horses

Asclepius

Dove with olive branch

Flower and leaves

Heart and arrow

Sun rays

Spinning loom

Gyroscope

Old fire wagon

Stars over Frederick

Thistles

Downspout and ivy

Farmer and tractor

Angel

Oil lamp

Bell tower

Family in house, man repairing roof

Hammering a nail

Bus at bus stop

Circle of friendship

Baby nursing

Scales

Lincoln penny

Peace sign

Sun and moon

Whale tail

Chinese lantern

Cup of coffee

Bicycle

Entwined circles

Ivy on wall

Hands holding bowl

The Book of Kells symbol

Beehive

Butterflies

Gold fish

Face

Hand and key

Sunflower

Hand shake

E Pluribus Unum

Rose

Celtic knot design

Birds and grape vines

Figure eight and plant

Butterfly

Bicycle and ivy

Pomegranate

Sheave of wheat

Baby

Chain

1864

Ivy detail

Ying-Yang in ivy

Ballet dancer