From Judy Bales website... The name of the bridge was changed to Louden Bridge in 2013, in honor of the Louden Machinery Company which was the inspiration for the art enhancements to the bridge. This project was commissioned by the Jefferson County Trails Council, with support from an NEA Challenge America Grant. The artist collaborated with the project team for the design of the protective steel cage and interior enhancements.
This design was inspired by several historic structures, particularly the timber framework of locally designed and manufactured Louden barns.
The historic theme continues in the ceramic tiles that enhance the bridge’s interior. Ms. Bales and Fairfield High School art teacher Mark Shafer developed a curriculum for advanced art students to design and glaze 171 tiles, in sets of three, for the bridge’s concrete curb. The tiles depict details of Louden barn blueprints and Louden Machinery parts catalogs.