THIS! Make sure to read, especially if you’re from Pensacola/know the swift change in the graffiti bridge.
Post by @pensacolapolice : “We all know what happened on NAS Pensacola last Friday morning. In a city entrench in history this one event will make an indelible impact. It is something we have never had to endure before and something we hope to never endure again.
There are many landmarks in this community we call home, from the recently discovered de Luna landing site to our historic forts of Pickens and Barrancas, but few landmarks are as accessible and visible than our 17th Avenue Trestle better known as the Graffiti Bridge. The art on the bridge is ever-changing, the paint sometimes not even dry before being painted over. People use the bridge to voice their protests, scribble their name, quote inspirational messages, write marriage proposals, or just display something creative.
Oftentimes the artwork on the bridge is a memorial, which it became Friday afternoon in the immediate wake of the tragedy at NAS Pensacola. We weren’t surprised to see this, as most times this bridge radiates as if a pulse to what is happening in our community.
We saw it again on Saturday night and it still looked the same as it had the day before.
Then Sunday evening we looked again and the artwork seemed still untouched. That’s when it really set in … we never see anything come close to staying displayed on the bridge this long without being covered up. After a moment of review there was something slightly different about it - three names had been added.
Joshua Kaleb Watson
Mohammed Sameh Haitham
Cameron Scott Walters
We finished our shift at five o'clock this morning and took a trip back down to the bridge - still, the memorial hadn’t been touched. And yet, with a striking eventuality, this afternoon the memorial has been painted over, this time with a message of unending love. And we are are reminded that this is Pensacola. Ever dynamic, never daunted.
Sometimes, it’s the smallest of things that bring you perspective.”