Traffic on the Pont des Arts & The Conciergerie (in the background), Paris
The Pont des Arts (bridge of the arts) was built between 1981 and 1984 after the original structure built between 1802 and 1804 - Paris's first iron brige - collapsed in 1977. The new pedestrian bridge is built according to the early 19th century plans except that there are now seven arches instead of the original nine.
Between 1802 and 1804, a nine-arch metallic bridge for pedestrians was constructed at the location of the present day Pont des Arts: this was the first metal bridge in Paris. This innovation was due to Napoléon I, following a design of English manufacture. The engineers Louis-Alexandre de Cessart and Jacques Dillon initially conceived of a bridge which would resemble a suspended garden, with trees, banks of flowers, and benches.
In 1976, the Inspector of Bridges and Causeways (Ponts et Chaussées) reported several deficiencies on the bridge. More specifically, he noted the damage that had been caused by two aerial bombardments sustained during World War I and World War II and the harm done from the multiple collisions caused by boats. The bridge would be closed to circulation in 1977 and, in 1979, suffered a 60 meter collapse after a barge rammed into it.
The present bridge was built between 1981 and 1984 "identically" according to the plans of Louis Arretche, who had decided to reduce the number of arches from nine to seven, allowing the look of the old bridge to be preserved while realigning the new structure with the Pont Neuf. On 27 June 1984, the newly reconstructed bridge was inaugurated by Jacques Chirac – then the mayor of Paris.
The bridge has sometimes served as a place for art exhibitions, and is today a studio en plein air for painters, artists and photographers who are drawn to its unique point of view. The Pont des Arts is also frequently a spot for picnics during the summer.
The Argentinian writer, Julio Cortázar, talks about this bridge in his book "Rayuela". When Horacio Oliveira goes with the pythia and this tells him that the bridge for La Maga is the "Ponts des Arts".
Nowadays the bridge has become a hotspot for couples who attach a padlock to the railing and throw the key into the river below.
Once a royal palace and later a prison, the Conciergerie played a dark role in the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror.
Located on the west side of the Île de la Cité, the Conciergerie began its life as a royal palace - the Palais de la Cité. The impressive site was chosen by Phillippe le Bel (Philip the Fair) in the early 14th century so that on it he could build a palace that would reflect his wealth and stature.
In its heyday - the Middle Ages - the palace was considered one of the finest in the world.
By the end of the same century, however, Charles V and the Capetian kings chose the palaces of Louvre and Vincennes over the Palais de la Cité (which also includes the current Paris Law Courts and the magnificent Sainte-Chapelle), and what was to eventually become "The Conciergerie" was given over to the Parliament to be used for the kingdom's administrative offices. The care of the palace was left to a gentleman known as the Concierge - thus the name - who had legal and police authority in the city. (Source: aviewoncities/paris & wikipedia)
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lousat (74107) 2012-06-05 1:19
Hi George,really a beautiful composition! Original and very very nice way to take the pont des arts,whit this perspective,this crop and this rich and magic background,i like it..a lot!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
gezimania (6166) 2012-06-05 1:24
love the framing , very well seen !
besnard (52549) 2012-06-05 1:25
Un angle de prise de vue intéressant pour mettre en valeur l'armature du pont. Une photo animée par les promeneurs.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
mohammad_H (8935) 2012-06-05 2:21
نمایش زیبا از پل در پیش زمینه. و بنای زیبا در پس زمینه
افراد روی پل به تصویر روح و جان بخشیده
بکارگری رنگهای زیبا و وضوح بسیار خوب
مدیریت در نور و قاب قشنگ
روز خوبی داشته باشید
Beautiful view from the bridge in the foreground. And a beautiful building in the background
People on the bridge to improve the image spirit
Beautiful colors .and very good resolution of
Beautifully framed in light of management and
Have a nice day
Royaldevon (27781) 2012-06-05 2:30
Good Morning George,
A most unusual and very original photograph of a bridge. Normally, we have an angled shot, ttavelling from one side of the river to the other. I must admit, I like this; it is so well animated with the people striding across, or enjoying the view.
Fibn sharpness and a good sense of depth.
Have a lovely day,
trevormoffiet (2914) 2012-06-05 2:54
The 'unusual' balance in this composition caught my eye. Great POV. The image conveys to us a story about the people relaxing, walking and riding on the bridge.
lakshmip1949 (19110) 2012-06-05 3:00
Taken from a very different pov, this view of the bridge is very beautiful with the castle in the background. I see how relaxed people are doing all sorts of activities . The colors are very soft and the composition is very sharp.
timecapturer (46655) 2012-06-05 3:06
a fascinating viewpoint and composition, works really well and is an original concept. Like the busy atmosphere and attractive lines and light, plus of course the distant amazing architecture. Clever image!
Regards - Brian.
cornejo (29487) 2012-06-05 4:36
György Hi, this is a nice and lovely composition well framed, very nice picture technically perfect and of high quality. My congratulations for this lovely and very well done good job. Tfs.
Good afternoon and happy week my friend.
Best regards and best wishes.
JFS (32459) 2012-06-05 4:46
I love the way you see Paris, exceptional and original shot!
Sergiom (56819) 2012-06-05 5:10
J'aime beaucoup la construction de cette image. Elle est très particulière et bien réalisée. C'est très original et que dire de l'arrière plan?
CanmoreKevin (2111) 2012-06-05 5:42
This is very nicely composed with unique framing that makes the pylon the star of the photo. Well done.
jlbrthnn (79791) 2012-06-05 10:30
The picture is remarkable. On the bridge we hurry, or we stopped to contemplate. Very nice picture cleverly composed. The quality is excellent. Bravo.
Have a nice day
tedesse (25047) 2012-06-05 12:19
Fantastic photo showing one of the support of the bridge Pont des Arts.
Vertical nice staff, beautiful colors and excellent sharpness.
Have a good night
Silvio1953 (118527) 2012-06-05 13:44
Ciao George, great detail of lovely bridge, beautiful composition with walking people, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
npecanhuk (62718) 2012-06-05 16:43
Wonderful urban view!
Very beautiful and attractive picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov, vertical format, black & white borders and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
jjcordier (74650) 2012-06-05 21:41
Un cadrage intéressant pour cette présentation originale du pont des Arts, bien animé, et de la Conciergerie.
ChrisJ (95202) 2012-06-06 8:33
A nice view from the bridge, of another bridge! Good sharpness, color, & saturation. The people add scale & context. The imposing chateau or castle at right makes a fine focal point in the bg. Tfs!
dkmurphys (47798) 2012-06-06 11:49
One of the most original POV from Paris. Great scene!
karacabeylis (1465) 2012-06-07 7:24
nice angle şndeed!
jaywalker (16095) 2012-06-08 13:33
Hi George, Wonderfully composed photo & I love the crop, the architecture offers nice depth, TFS, kind regards Wilson.
divail (8308) 2012-06-08 19:35
Wow, quelle photo intéressante et inhabituelle. J'apprécie particulièrement découvrir un lieu très connu présenté sous un angle complètement différent. C'est particulièrement le cas avec cette prise de vue. La passerelle du pont semble flotter dans les airs. Bravo pour l'originalité.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-08-21
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D, Pentax DA 50-200 f4-5.6 ED
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Bridges of Paris [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-06-05 0:53