Bridge (Objekt) by Peter Bishop

By Peter Bishop

Whether a humble string of planks swaying throughout a trickling movement or the hovering towers of the Golden Gate Bridge, bridges are certainly one of man’s nice engineering feats. Now in Bridge, Peter Bishop presents a finished ancient account in their position within the development of human culture.
 
From historic Roman arches to the rail bridge of Lhasa to the suspension bridge over Niagara Falls, Bishop traverses the whole span of the globe to ascertain quite a few incarnations and their diversified architectural types. The booklet tackles quite a lot of matters, together with the layout and building of “mega-spans” reminiscent of Hong Kong’s Tsing Ma Bridge; the essential position of bridges in railroad networks; and the social dynamics of sophistication and mobility that encompass city bridges in towns comparable to long island. Drawing upon assets in paintings, politics, technology, philosophy, and the media, Bishop argues that the cultural which means of bridges at the present time revolves round the proposal of increasing geographical claims, instead of connecting to others, and he explores the consequences of that concept for the longer term. a desirable and richly illustrated learn, Bridge will interact fanatics of making plans, structure, and layout alike.

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31 Young women in trouble, framed by the underside of the bridge, have long been a favourite of (male) artists, particularly in the Victorian era, as in George Cruikshank’s The Drunkard’s Children, or his explicitly titled 1848 painting, The Poor girl, homeless, friendless, deserted and gin mad, commits self-murder or in George Frederic Watts’s 1850 painting, Found Drowned, or Gustave Doré’s 1872 engraving of a young woman, presumably drowned, lying beside the Thames beneath a London bridge. Young women seem to outnumber young men or older people of any gender in artistic portrayals of bridge-related suicides.

1899. 49 bridge at Niagara Falls. From the disaster of Quebec Bridge in 1907 to the well-filmed spectacular and tortured demise of the Tacoma Narrows suspension bridge in 1940 in the USA, the collapse of a bridge is a major and very specific event. So frequent were the collapse of major bridges in the early years of the nineteenth century that it became the focus of a well-recognized phobia. With the invention of the modern bridge has also come the development of new kinds of danger, risk and accident.

31 Young women in trouble, framed by the underside of the bridge, have long been a favourite of (male) artists, particularly in the Victorian era, as in George Cruikshank’s The Drunkard’s Children, or his explicitly titled 1848 painting, The Poor girl, homeless, friendless, deserted and gin mad, commits self-murder or in George Frederic Watts’s 1850 painting, Found Drowned, or Gustave Doré’s 1872 engraving of a young woman, presumably drowned, lying beside the Thames beneath a London bridge. Young women seem to outnumber young men or older people of any gender in artistic portrayals of bridge-related suicides.

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