Walking in Oslo, Norway on Sunday, I came across three different bridges in very different situations. In each of these photos, you start to see elements of an exhibition and the uniting of a concept through a very complex wooden scale model, the bridge as meeting point and a smaller scale suspension bridge, in which the nuts, bolts and the structural requirements are drawn out. Hope you enjoy them.
Cuban artist Carlos Garaicoa’s first exhibition in Scandinavia at the Museum of Contemporary Art has an amazingly complex model of a roller coaster in Madrid – packed with bridges! The model itself measures about 1.5 metres x 1 metre and must have taken months to build. This was a visitor favourite.
An hour later, I was in the Grunerlokka area of Oslo, well-known for its markets and a hub for culture. It reminded me of a number of bridges, which were hubs of exchange and commerce, notably the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy.
Finally, a great example of a small suspension bridge, just north of this one….Seeing the chains is quite impressive. The second picture below is the anchorage, which holds the suspension cables in place. In some bridges (such as the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco), the anchorage weighs 60,000 tonnes. I built a two metre long bridge with my kids with paper clips, cardboard and two wooden blocks – exact same principle.