December 15, 2004

A New Bridge

The French have opened a fantastic bridge today, a 1.6 mile bridge 891 feet above the Tarn River valley running through France’s Massif Central mountains and providing another link to the Med.

It is a visually stunning piece done by Lord Foster, "the steel-and-concrete bridge with its streamlined diagonal suspension cables rests on seven pillars – the tallest measuring 1,122 feet, making it 53 feet taller than the Eiffel Tower."




Fabulous, no?

Posted by Random Penseur at December 15, 2004 10:01 AM

What a fantastic structure!

Posted by: GrammarQueen at December 15, 2004 10:09 AM

Good gosh. As someone stricken by heights and not overly fond of bridges, I get queasy just thinking of driving over that thing. How do you see when you're half way across and the clouds roll in?

Posted by: Mark C N Sullivan at December 15, 2004 10:27 AM

That is an excellent question, Mark. Beats the hell out of me.

Posted by: RP at December 15, 2004 10:57 AM

Ohgawd, that's beautiful to look at -- art, really. But I'm with Mark. I'm having a panic attack just visualizing driving on that thing.

What's on the other side better be REALLY F'N IMPORTANT, if you know what I mean. Heh.

Posted by: Margi at December 15, 2004 12:31 PM

It's so beautiful it looks fake! I mean that in a good way! Wow, like a painting...

Posted by: Amber at December 15, 2004 06:53 PM

I usually find little beauty in concrete and cable. Normally I can't understand those who can. But this structure is stunning. Absolutely gorgeous. I'd love to just have a lovely oil painting of it to hang on my wall. Thanks for showing us that awesome thing.

Posted by: Roberta S at December 16, 2004 01:34 AM
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