Images February 13, 2017

Mexican street artist Spaik’s colorful eagle painted on the roof of a tunnel in Ibiza, Spain.
Entitled ‘El vuelo del águila’ (flight of the eagle), the piece was done as part of the Bloop Art Festival last year. For more artwork from Spaik check him out on Facebook and Instagram.

 

 

Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, Australia

Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbour that carries rail, vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district (CBD) and the North Shore. The dramatic view of the bridge, the harbour, and the nearby Sydney Opera House is an iconic image of Sydney, and Australia. The bridge is nicknamed “The Coathanger” because of its arch-based design[2][3]

Under the direction of Dr John Bradfield of the NSW Department of Public Works, the bridge was designed and built by British firm Dorman Long and Co Ltd of Middlesbrough and opened in 1932.[4][5] The bridge’s design was influenced by the Hell Gate Bridge in New York City.[6] It is the sixth longest spanning-arch bridge in the world and the tallest steel arch bridge, measuring 134 m (440 ft) from top to water level.[7] It was also the world’s widest long-span bridge, at 48.8 m (160 ft) wide, until construction of the new Port Mann Bridge in Vancouver was completed in 2012.[8][9]

 

 

Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy

Panorama of the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy.

Ponte Vecchio
The Ponte Vecchio (“Old Bridge”, Italian pronunciation: [ˈponte ˈvɛkkjo])[1][2] is a medieval stone closed-spandrel segmental arch bridge over the Arno River, in Florence, Italy, noted for still having shops built along it, as was once common. Butchers initially occupied the shops; the present tenants are jewelers, art dealers and souvenir sellers. The Ponte Vecchio’s two neighbouring bridges are the Ponte Santa Trinita and the Ponte alle Grazie.

Chris Dobson: 6 Things you didn’t know about the Ponte Vecchio

 

 

Széchenyi Chain Bridge, Budapest, Hungary

Chain Bridge (Budapest)
The Széchenyi Chain Bridge (Hungarian: Széchenyi lánchíd, Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈseːt͡ʃeːɲi ˈlaːnt͡shiːd]) is a suspension bridge that spans the River Danube between Buda and Pest, the western and eastern sides of Budapest, the capital of Hungary. Designed by the English Engineer William Tierney Clark, it was the first permanent bridge across the Danube in Hungary, and was opened in 1849.

It is anchored on the Pest side of the river to Széchenyi (formerly Roosevelt) Square, adjacent to the Gresham Palace and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and on the Buda side to Adam Clark Square, near the Zero Kilometre Stone and the lower end of the Castle Hill Funicular, leading to Buda Castle.

 

 

 

Sheikh Zayed Bridge, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Sheikh Zayed Bridge
Sheikh Zayed Bridge is an arch bridge in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Named after the country’s principal architect and former president Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the 842 meter (2,762 feet) long bridge is said to be the most intricate bridge ever constructed. Its curved design arches evoke undulating sand dunes of the desert.

The bridge features – besides its striking architecture – a dynamic lighting design that is based on subtle colours that flow across the bridge’s spine, symbolising the connecting nature of the bridge and the energy that the capital city Abu Dhabi radiates.[2]

The bridge is the third traffic route connecting the mainland to the island of Abu Dhabi and the new main gateway over the Maqtah channel. The bridge was designed by architect Zaha Hadid as the grandeur landmark for the UAE’s capital city.[3]

 

 

 

High Bridge (aka Python Bridge), Amsterdam, Netherlands

Python Bridge is one of the most unusual bridges in Amsterdam as it’s red snake-like shape bridges Sporenburg and Borneo Island. It is also one of the newest, built in 2001 and winning the International Footbridge Award in 2002.
Bridges Borneo-Sporenburg
The three bridges of Borneo/Sporenburg by West 8 play an essential role at the creation of the unique atmosphere in the harbour-residential area. Two of the bridges, one on the West side and the other on the East side, span the 93-meter wide water of the Railroad basin and connect the islands of Borneo and Sporenburg. The third bridge is situated in the line of the East bridge and spans the 25-meter wide inland port.

 

Bridge of Sighs, Venice, Italy

Bridge of Sighs
The Bridge of Sighs (Italian: Ponte dei Sospiri) is a bridge located in Venice, northern Italy. The enclosed bridge is made of white limestone, has windows with stone bars, and passes over the Rio di Palazzo and connects the New Prison (Prigioni Nuove) to the interrogation rooms in the Doge’s Palace. It was designed by Antonio Contino (whose uncle Antonio da Ponte had designed the Rialto Bridge) and was built in 1600.

 

 

Flow charts for those life questions to ponder

 

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