Tobin Bridge: Past & Present-Photography Exhibit-City Hall Gallery

Funded by the Chelsea Heritage Celebrations Grant, #chelseaculturalcouncil. This project was made possible with support from the Chelsea Public Library and the Friends of the Chelsea Public Library.
OPENING✨ Monday, APRIL 10 until MAY 31 ✨
RECEPTION: Tuesday, May 23 at 5:30 pm
LOCATION: Chelsea City Hall, 500 Broadway, Chelsea.
Hours: Mon/Wed/Thurs: 8 am - 4 pm, Tues: 8 am - 7 pm, Fri: 8 am - 12 pm

Artist Statement
The Maurice J. Tobin Memorial Bridge, formerly known as the Mystic River Bridge, represents a significant moment in the City of Chelsea’s history. Erected during a time of prosperity from 1948-1949, the construction of the bridge marked a turning point in the city’s economic and social landscape.
Spanning two miles across the Mystic River, the Tobin Bridge revolutionized transportation and commerce in the Boston area. However, the bridge’s construction displaced many Chelsea residents and demolished several neighborhoods, leaving a lasting impact on the city’s cultural identity.
Today, the Tobin Bridge continues to dominate Chelsea’s skyline, though its lasting impact often goes unnoticed. Despite showing signs of age, the bridge serves as a testament to Chelsea’s history and resilience through time.

About the Artist
Toan Trinh is a Vietnamese-born lifestyle and automotive photographer. Trinh’s work is heavily influenced by the works of renowned photographers such as Robert Adams, Stephen Shore, Eugene Atget, and Walker Evans. Trinh has a keen eye for capturing the beauty in the everyday, and his work often explores themes of identity, culture, and change through time. Today, Trinh lives in Chelsea with his wife Franziska, and his dog Willie.