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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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