Wednesday, December 26, 2012




In recent years the City of Los Angeles seems to have become wonderfully enlightened.  This is a great example of this sophisticated, intelligent thinking that they are employing with city planning.  
Rather than hire and engineering firm, a bridge building company or architects, they handed over the aesthetic design to an artist, who was assisted by the technical people.  The result is absolutely stunning. 
Now, being me,my first thought was; 'can I please go into the basket ?  does the light come through the weave ?  can we put a camera obscura inside one of them ?  Well, I suppose that was three thoughts, but they came quite quickly on the heels of one another.

The expansion of LA’s Metro Rail Gold Line is well underway with a stunning new piece of infrastructure: The Gold Line Bridge. Completed last week, the 584-foot dual-track bridge, stretching over the eastbound lanes of the I-210 Freeway, will provide a light rail connection between the existing Sierra Madre Villa Station in Pasadena and Azusa’s future Arcadia Station. The rail line itself is scheduled for completion in 2014.

Made from steel reinforced concrete with added quartz, mica crystals, and mirrored glass, the monochromatic, abstract design, conceived by artist Andrew Leicester, pays homage to the region’s historic American Indian basket-weaving tradition and includes a carriageway and a post-and-lintel support beam system. The 25-foot baskets adorning each of the posts, “metaphorically represent the Native Americans of the region…and pay tribute to the iconic sculptural traditions of Route 66,” wrote Leicester.

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