As some of you know, I have just returned from my sixth travel this year. The most exciting part of this trip was visiting Mariusz and his family in Middlesbrough. Mariusz was stressed that I would be disappointed. But why? I have known that M'bro is rather industrial town and for me, every place has something interesting. My goal was social one and I enjoyed this weekend very much.
here the view of the most famous icon of M'bro. In the background, the old Transporter Bridge.
The Tees Transporter Bridge connects Middlesbrough, on the south bank, to Port Clarence, on the north bank of the river Tees. It is a transporter bridge, carrying a travelling 'car', or 'gondola', suspended from the bridge, across the river in 90 seconds. The gondola can carry 200 people, 9 cars, or 6 cars and one minibus. Following a 1907 Act of Parliament the Bridge was built at a cost of £68,026 6s 8d (£6,090,000 in 2013 values), between 1910 and 1911 to replace the 'Hugh Bell' and 'Erimus' steam ferry services. A transporter bridge was chosen because Parliament ruled that the new scheme of crossing the river had to avoid affecting the river navigation. The opening ceremony on 17 October 1911 was performed by Prince Arthur of Connaught.
On the right you can see Temenos - huge piece of art.
The mammoth structure was designed by the sculptor Anish Kapoor. Two steel rings pull a delicate mesh of steel cables, which are suspended above the dockside, dominating the post-industrial landscape. The structure was hailed by locals as a spectacular success and a key to regenerating the area, which has been blighted by job losses. Some privately grumbled, however, that it was a waste of £2.7 million, much of it public money.
Some people love it, some are undecided and some think it's a waste of money. But that is what art does – it divides opinion.
For me, it was quite interesting to see this huge three dimensional grid of surface, with steel parabolas or hyperbolas, but £2.7 million, ...
Two other views are posted as Workshops.
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williewhistler (11236) 2013-12-11 2:21
your keen and observant eye has spotted a fine photographic opportunity,the combination of graphic shapes both old and new make an eye catching photograph.
Taken from a good view point it has a nice depth and lots of interest.
Kind regards Les.
papagolf21 (81604) 2013-12-11 3:27
Bonjour, chère Malgo,
Voilà une image très originale et bénéficiant d'un intérêt tout particulier. Le filet en avant-plan semblable à une toile d'araignée ne manque pas d'attirer le regard.
Une composition réussie.
mkamionka (28418) 2013-12-11 4:26
bardzo mi milo ze po raz kolejny piszesz mile slowa o mnie i teraz reklamujesz moje obecne okolice. Ta nowoczesna instalacja jest rzeczywiscie bardzo ciekawa ale jak mowisz cena wydaje sie kosmiczna poza tym Bean w Chicago wydaje sie naprawde ciekawy i przyciagajacy tlumy podczas gdy ta sztuka jest nieco osamotniona i nawet locals nie wiedza chyba o jej istnieniu. Jestem ogromnie zaskoczony jakoscia jaka udalo Ci sie osiagnac przy tym beznadziejnym swietle jakie tam mielismy. Udalo Ci sie zachowac ciekawe elementy na niebie, ktore wzmacniaja ogolna atmosphere. Atmosfera wydaje sie dosyc przygnebiajaca i szara co pasuje do swiadomosci wysokiego bezrobocia i poczucia beznadziei w tym regionie. Jak dla mnie troche tu duzo niepotrzebnych rur i kabli ale wlasnie dlatego nie mam jeszcze zdjecia z tego miejsca na TE bo po prostu nie da sie ich uniknac ale tez rzeczywiscie w pewnym sensie te podrdzewiale barierki na pierwszym planie dodaja specyficznego "uroku".
To jest bez watpienia miejsce ktore mozna okreslic jako OFF THE BEATEN TRACK :)
Bardzo dziekuje jeszcze raz za Twoja wizyte, bylo nam naprawde milo, ciekawie slucha sie Twoich opowiesci, no i laczy nas podobna pasja chociaz jestesmy na nieco innym etapie tzn ja jestem obecnie na etapie bez mozliwosci podrozowania i bez fotografowania :(
snunney (76350) 2013-12-11 4:29
You have known how to extract the maximum graphism from this scene. The transporter bridge, one of the few left in the world is indeed very famous but I have never seen this monumental artwork before. Both sit well against the darkening evening sky. I also like the framing by the tree on the left, whose intricate graphical form makes a interesting contrast with the man-made objects.
Sergiom (50480) 2013-12-11 5:14
En effet, un très beau mélange de neuf et de vieux. J'aime les formes modernes, très légères et aériennes , mais le vieux à encore beaucoup de charmes.
saxo042 (35780) 2013-12-11 7:01
The pale blue sky and the blue railing are good parts in this picture of such interesting works of art. You have indeed seen a lot this year, where is your next trip going?
ikeharel (48242) 2013-12-11 7:47
The modern statue structure mingle well to the industrial site on far, with the two cranes and the bridge in FG. Also, allocated superbly all of pic. space, including the tree on left.
The second thought I had when saw this - it might be a bit of a trap for migrating birds whose not familiar with the local environment.
Anyway, a fine photojob done.
holmertz (34533) 2013-12-11 9:11
I think this is a veery interesting work of art which could be enjoyed from every angle creating a different impression every time. In this photo it covers the evening sky very well and complements the equally interesting, but very different shapes of the bridge.
Since you made 7 journeys in 2010 this must have been a fairly relaxing year. :-)
Romano46 (15518) 2013-12-11 10:14
a guardarsi intorno spesso si scoprono delle strutture assai interessanti che possono fare la gioia del fotografo.
Questa struttura moderna ha trovato la giusta collocazione in un ambiente industriale quale è quello che la circonda, ma anche te sei stata brava e fortunata a trovare la giusta luce per mettere in evidenza il soggetto.
Una ripresa che valorizza questo ambiente urbano senza trascurare la tradizione con la torre che si vede sulla sinistra.
Ciao e buona serata
hidibyendu (871) 2013-12-11 14:54
I have written critiques to your photos before but probably have not gone through your profile. I cant imagine the countries you have visited so far, countless.
From the picture point of view you have captured the old and new in a frame, its quite nice. Excellent POV.
carlo62 (23622) 2013-12-11 16:07
il vecchio e il nuovo che si amalgamano in una unica soluzione visiva, un tema molto interessante che si ripropone da quando esiste l'uomo.
Ciò che adesso è vecchio per noi, un tempo è stato moderno per i nostri avi e così via fino agli albori.
Ottima composizione,le linee dritte e quelle curve creano un bel gioco.
jjcordier (70491) 2013-12-11 22:53
Une bonne association, au graphisme intéressant, entre l'oeuvre d'art et le pont transbordeur. Tu as beaucoup voyagé cette année, j'espère que tu pourras en faire autant en 2014.
Noel_Byrne (17121) 2013-12-12 4:09
As Les mentioned above, the combination of shapes and lines here are intriguing, and that work on the right is very captivating, it pulls my eye in immediately and begs to be looked at further. this is a very nice composition to include both the iconic bridge, and the work of art showing the industry and creative side together. A very interesting sky behind too!
Thanks as always
rychem (16372) 2013-12-12 7:22
To dzieło sztuki kojarzy mi się z polem antenowym do łączności z innymi cywilizacjami, ale tak właśnie artyści pozostawiają miejsce na wyobraźnię widza, dobrze ujęte
rigoletto (33776) 2013-12-12 14:06
witaj rusalka. am i hallucianting or that bridge is suspended on two feet without any ends (ok, i read the note)??? this should be one of your crazy ones from the britland, everything else than the clock tower looks so surreal. and that "oval web" by anish kapoor should be representing a wormhole in cartesian coordinates or what? it looks superb and does not divide my opinion :))
Angshu (53966) 2013-12-23 1:33
Its difficult indeed to appreciate the 'beauty' and the radicality of art unless you see the same in person. Anish Kapoor, who happens to be Indian by birthday is perhaps known best, or at least photographically most represented by his sculpture in Chicago...
I like how you have kept two very interesting works in the frame...present & past, both radical in their own way!
PS : Wish you and all your loved ones a very merry Christmas & a happy New Year as well