Larry Monroe Forever Bridge

Austin, United States

Larry Monroe Forever Bridge

Larry Monroe Forever Bridge is a bridge mural and memorial to Austin broadcaster and musical scholar Larry Monroe. The bridge's two low walls are decorated with mosaic tiles relating to Monroe and the music he played on Austin radio for more than 30 years. Artist Stefanie Distefano designed and directed the project. The bridge is located on East Side Drive as it crosses Blunn Creek between Stacy Park and Little Stacy Park in the Travis Heights neighborhood in South Austin, Texas.

An Austin radio disc jockey for more than thirty years, Monroe promoted Austin singer-songwriters and Austin-produced music on his programs. After he died in January 2014, his fans and friends wanted to honor his life and his contribution to music in Austin. His companion, Ave Bonar, suggested the idea for the mosaic bridge and commissioned mosaic artist Stefanie Distefano to design the project. Together they supervised over 100 volunteers who fabricated mosaic tiles made to look like radios, cassette tapes, ceramic portraits, and dozens of other representations of Monroe’s life and career, including replicas of his signature Segway license plate and a replica of the logo featured on his website, designed by artist Sam Hurt. The bridge features tiles depicting vinyl records with names of artists and songs that represent the range of music that Monroe enjoyed, as well as tiles containing lyrics by a few of the musicians whose music he played, including a 22-foot musical score from the Townes Van Zandt song To Live Is to Fly. The project was supported by the Austin Art in Public Places program, the Austin Arts Commission, the South River City Citizens, and private donations.

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