Appreciating Deeply, Photos of Built Stuff Samuel Beckett Bridge, Dublin 09 September 2018 07 September 2018 Bridges Any day when I can add a bridge to my collection is a good day. A signature bridge — the Samuel Beckett Bridge in Dublin qualifies — is an even better day. Fun and Bronze Greater Irish Gull, Dublin 14 Comments Tom Watson 09 September 2018 at 11:06 am 2 years ago Stunning! Tom Isabel Gibson 09 September 2018 at 11:55 am 2 years ago Tom – It is, isn’t it? My only regret was that I had no easy way to get early morning photos of it. Kate 09 September 2018 at 11:23 am 2 years ago That’s an incredible bridge! Great pictures Xo Kate Isabel Gibson 09 September 2018 at 11:59 am 2 years ago Kate – It is, isn’t it? They have many boring bridges, but this one makes up for them all. Jim Robertson 09 September 2018 at 1:45 pm 2 years ago It is a very nice bridge. Something along the lines of the bridge over the airport parkway, only nicer…. Did you get to see the Ha’penny bridge too? Isabel Gibson 10 September 2018 at 3:50 am 2 years ago Jim – Yes, it does remind me of our over-budget pedestrian flyover but, as you say, Dublin’s version is nicer. We did see the Ha’penny Bridge, but I didn’t get any photos. Perhaps it warrants another trip. Judith Umbach 09 September 2018 at 2:27 pm 2 years ago Great photos! Better than mine taken on a grey day. The designer was Calatrava, who has similar but differently inspired ones in Athens and Buenos Aires. I “collect” Calatrava bridges because of the nay-sayers in Calgary who decried the money spent on our own Calatrava, the Peace Bridge. My appreciation soars over time because he embarked on a new design theme for Calgary. Isabel Gibson 10 September 2018 at 3:52 am 2 years ago Judith – I haven’t put much attention (yet!) into collecting designers. Maybe the next project. Barry 16 September 2018 at 12:18 pm 2 years ago One closer to home is 2004, Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay, Redding, California, US Isabel Gibson 16 September 2018 at 3:42 pm 2 years ago Barry – Thanks! And here’s Wiki on it – a bridge that is also a sundial. Excellent! John Whitman 09 September 2018 at 3:29 pm 2 years ago Isabel – it is certainly a work of art. Like most works of art I expect it cost at least a factor of 10 more than it would have cost to construct a more standard bridge. Judith proves me correct. J.L. Whitman, P.Eng. Isabel Gibson 10 September 2018 at 3:54 am 2 years ago John – I hear you, and when spending public funds I suppose there’s some limit on the premium that’s reasonable to achieve art on top of the required functionality. Maybe we could crowd-source the variance, improving a city’s landscape, while controlling public spending. Laurna Tallman 09 September 2018 at 3:37 pm 2 years ago I think any object properly engineered has a beauty intrinsic to its design. There should be a moral in that concept as well. Isabel Gibson 10 September 2018 at 3:55 am 2 years ago Laurna – OK, that’s another approach. We can learn enough about engineering to appreciate the design in what John refers to as a “more standard” bridge. Comments are closed.