The Pensacola landmark, Graffiti Bridge, has once again received city wide recognition through the Pensacola News Journal article “Defining an Icon,” By Mike Roberts. It is now official. The Graffiti Bridge is an officially recognized “Icon” for the city of Pensacola and Escambia County.
This status has been unofficially recognized by area locals and tourists alike, but has not been made official until recently.
The T.T. Wentworth State Museum opened a new exhibit recognizing six Pensacola monuments. These six landmarks that were truly iconic for the Pensacola experience. Now, taking its place beside such legends as the Blue Angels and the Pensacola Beach Sailfish sign Graffiti Bridge was one of just six chosen for this honor.
Do to an article in the Atlas Obscura, Pensacola Graffiti Bridge has been recognized as a tourist attraction outside Pensacola. Atlas Obscura recognizes local attractions that are not on regular tourist information packets and travel guides. It provides more of a local travel scene for vacationers and tourists from coast to coast. A tourist attraction is a far cry from an official Pensacola Icon. But the Museum exhibit and the subsequent PNJ article changed all that.
Everyone who lives in and around the Pensacola area, including myself, has passed multiple times under the Graffiti Bridge. Ever since I was a kid, and my mom took me under the brightly painted bridge, I kinda thought it was a bit of an eyesore.
But now, as an adult, I get to see this eyesore, officially elevated to the status of Pensacola Icon. Street artists rejoice, grab your rollers, spray cans, and brushes and prepare to create your art on the first official graffiti icon of Pensacola, The Graffiti Bridge.