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Bring the T. Pot Bridge home

The latest in a series celebrating Richmond with a nod to 1930’s era WPA posters.

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RichmondOutside.com has already created an amazing series of images celebrating local spots that capture the essence of life in Richmond. These images are in the style of 1930’s era WPA posters which focused on National Parks.

A few of the previous images included: Pony Pasture, Belle Isle, and my favorite the Atlantic Coastline Railway Bridge. The latest in the series highlights the newest addition to the James River, the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge.

These images are available as posters, fine prints, shirts, pint glasses, and notecards. To really appreciate them though you need to get one on your wall.

Full Press Release:

RichmondOutside.com, a local business that has created vintage-style art reminiscent of the indelible, 1930’s era WPA posters highlighting America’s National Parks, has released its latest in a series of prints, this one celebrating the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge — Richmond’s newest iconic natural area.

Andy Thompson, former outdoors columnist for the Richmond Times Dispatch, founded the site to engage locals in enjoying and ultimately respecting Richmond’s outdoor natural areas. In 2015 Thompson partnered with local artist Chris Camera to create prints of Pony Pasture, Pipeline Walkway, Belle Isle and the Atlantic Coastline Railway Bridge with proceeds benefiting the James River Association In 2016, they created a new series that featured Maymont, Manchester Wall, Buttermilk Trail and Texas Beach. Again, Richmond Outside partnered with local nonprofits dedicated to preserving and protecting these amazing spaces.

Now Richmond Outside seeks to honor the legacy of the senior Richmond planner whose vision helped spur the drive to complete the pedestrian walkway named for him. The T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge is a shining example of how focused riverfront development can engage and empower Richmonders to get outside. In its first month open in December 2016, the bridge saw over 35,000 visitors, making it the most popular attraction in the park system and greatly increasing visitors every month since its opening.

Proceeds from the sale of the new T. Tyler Potterfield Bridge art products will benefit the Friends of the James River Park, a volunteer organization dedicated to providing ongoing support for conservation, enhancement and recreational enjoyment of the James River Park system, while protecting its natural and historic environments.

“The Potterfield Bridge has already done so much for Richmond and the James River Park System,” said Shawna Shade, Friends of the James River Park board member. “It’s been a tremendous draw and an incentive for Richmonders and visitors alike to visit the river, many for the first time. We are honored to be the charity beneficiary in this venture, and we intend to use the support to continue our work championing Richmond’s most-loved natural areas.”

The T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge posters, fine art prints and notecards are printed locally at Heritage Printing in Manchester and are now available to order at Richmond Outside’s sister site VintageOutside.com — https://vintageoutsidestore.com/richmond-va/.

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