Big City Girl QAL, Boston, Zakim Bridge

October 25, 2013

The Zakim BridgeI wish I could say that I have visited the QAL city located in my Country–The USA.   But No, I have never been to Massachusetts and visited Boston!  Amy from During Quiet Time lives in Boston, and is sharing her  great paper-pieced block design of ” The Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge.”  What a huge name and what a grand entrance into Boston!

The Zakim Bridge is the Worlds widest Cable-stayed bridge, and open for traffic in 2003.  It was named after Lenny Zakim (1953-1999), a Civil Rights activist, and The American Colonists who fought the British in the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775.  The bridge is a symbol of patriotism, freedom, diversity, and fuses the past with the future. The inverted-Y shape echoes the shape of the Bunker Hill Monument. The cables represent a ship in full sail and East Boston’s history as a shipbuilding center.

Historically, bridge engineering was questionable and elephants were marched across a bridge to demonstrate the integrity of the structure. Elephants were used because it was believed that they had instincts that would not allow them to cross a structure that was unsafe!   In October, 2002 The New Zakim Bridge was put up to the test with “The Pachyderm Test” when Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus marched 14 elephants weighing 112,000 lbs. across the bridge!!

Linking this block in Aylins linky party, and sharing it on The Big City Girl QAL Flickr page, where amazing pieces can be seen from other members.


The Leonard P Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge

Boston, Massachusetts

The Zakim Bridge



{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Amy October 25, 2013 at 12:16 pm

I love all the research that you do and I love how you put it to use by including the elephant print! What fun.


Debbie October 25, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Amy, Thank you for sharing your great block! I had so much fun making it and reading about your city!


Melissa October 25, 2013 at 7:09 pm

Oh, Debbie!! I love your extra touch with those darling elephants. I truly enjoying reading about all your creations! Thanks!!


Aylin- Nilya November 28, 2013 at 12:56 am

What a lovely Post :-)


Beth December 21, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Hello!– I’m trying to reach you to request permission to feature your work on our site. I can’t seem to locate an email address here… Could you please email me and I’ll fill you in on the details? Thank you!


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