(American, born Bohemia, 1883–1978)
Image: 17.9 x 12.9 cm (7 1/16 x 5 1/16 in.); Sheet: 26 x 19.4 cm (10 1/4 x 7 5/8 in.)
Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 1926.308
In addition to working as a printmaker, Ruzicka produced many book illustrations.
Ruzicka produced this color woodcut, commissioned by the Print Club of Cleveland, from a pencil and crayon sketch. It depicts the “High Level” or Detroit-Superior Bridge, an engineering marvel completed in 1918, having an upper deck for vehicular traffic and a lower deck (now closed) for electric streetcars. The High Level Bridge was the first span across the Cuyahoga River tall enough to allow boats to pass without raising or lowering elements and stopping car traffic. Many artists were attracted by both the bridge’s modern structure and its symbolic meaning as the link between the city’s east and west sides.
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