An international selection of bridges I wish to play. One day all of their cables will be singing together.
ANASHI KAIKYO BRIDGE
Majestic length and stunning location, across the ghostly beauty of Japan's southern islands. Visit the Honshu-Shikoku Bridge Authority, whose duty is to "inherit and exalt long-span bridge engineering which surely is a valuable treasure for Japan."
This is where it all began. It was Glebe Island Bridge then. Watched it rise as I traveled to art school every day on the 441 Bus across the old bridge, a beautiful low stone structure. Magnificent in its vulgarity and magnitude, somehow it transcends being farfetched for the area it spans with the cables sweeping up into the sky. First played in 1995.
Links the continents of Asia and Europe, in a physical manifestation of cables stretching around the world.
New York, NY, North America
It has symbolic, mythic, and iconic status in the New York landscape. Poetry and writing describe the bridge as a sublime, cathedral-like, divine structure, awe-inspiring. Unique pedestrian walk takes you up into the gothic stonework, juxtaposed within gossamer cables. Walk over the bridge. Go to the Anchorage Festival, held each year inside the pylon on the Brooklyn side.
The asymmetric single frame is beautiful and seems fragile, evoking a skeletal outline, an animal poised to leap across the water. The tension in the cables is visually legible as they strain against the landmass to keep the bridge standing, and it has divine lighting. Vanished, by a magician on Sept 26, 1996
GATESHEAD MILLENNIUM BRIDGE
GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE
San Francisco, North America
For its romantic history, lovely rust color - International Orange - and sense of place. The bridge is an Art Deco movie star. Often shrouded in swirling fog and mist, it has character and style. Tall and elegant, the unsheathed single cables loop around the top girder and double back to form parallel lines evocative of musical staves. The sound of the foghorns guides ships across the bay. Take a virtual tour.
LUMBERJACK'S CANDLE BRIDGE
One of the longest bridges in the world (8km), built in 1962 over Lake Maracaibo, connected by a 55km strait to the Gulf of Venezuela. Developed since 1918 by foreign concerns keen to capitalize on the riches of oil production. A-frame pylons support a single cable at each side.
Gorgeous dark green pylon with 12 strings on one side and 4 on the other. "The minimum frequency of the bridge's natural vibration is ca. 1.3 Hz. This ensures that crossing the bridge is a pleasant experience." Helsinki City Building Office 2001
Pedestrian bridge over the Thames from St Pauls Cathedral to the Tate Modern Gallery. Re-opened now that vibrational oscillations have been stifled. "Those who had made it across said they had been surprised by the swaying sensation, comparing the vibration to the feeling of sea-sickness."
MY THUAN BRIDGE
Mekong Delta, Vietnam
Sense of grace and beauty, ethereal blue cables disappearing into the sky echoes the metaphor of cables stretching the soul to heaven, connecting the viewer to god. H-frame structure similar to a tuning fork, relates to the musical element of the cables.
Copenhagen & Malmo, Oresund Sound
Permanent crossing between Denmark and Sweden. Opened July 2000 "A reunion of two lands separated since 1658 when Sweden conquered Scania, Southern Sweden, from Denmark. It's a link to the world it's a hard world and this can be good for the future."
POSADAS ENCARNATCON BRIDGE
Across Parana River, Argentina
RAMA IIX BRIDGE
The longest bridge in Finland, concrete cable-stayed very cold and snowy. Connects the Replot archipelago to the Finnish mainland.
TACOMA NARROWS BRIDGE
Washington State, North America
Replaced for "Galloping Gertie" the bridge which collapsed when the winds hit the resonant frequency of her materials.