Saturday, September 11, 2010

bridge over trouble water

We are shaped by each other. We adjust not to the reality of a world, but to the reality of other thinkers.
Joseph Chilton Pearce (b. 1926) author and social critic

I've been finding it difficult to get back into a normal rhythm and routine these days.

being out of sync isn't too terribly surprising. no worries. everything in it's own time.

the weather has been spectacular here on the north coast this week. on thursday morning I had to run over to the film festival office. the office is located in the ohio city neighborhood, after completing my errand I started walking back to the rapid station, however, I was instantly seduced by blue sky and the dramatic clouds. instead of heading home, I took a detour in order to walk over the lorain avenue bridge. I love the lorain-carnegie bridge it is such a monumental structure and the views of the city are absolutely gorgeous. there are four huge ornamental pylons that grace each end of the bridge. these pylons are called the lords of transportation and were designed by frank walker in the early 1930s by the architectural firm walker and weeks. these lords each depict aspects of the progress of road transportation.

the traffic was fairly light thursday morning so at one point when I noticed no vehicles I was able to position myself in the middle of the road and get a good snap of the two lords on the west end of the bridge.


Anonymous said...

The Pearce quote drew me over here, and I'm glad I came. These pictures are stunning. You have a great eye.
I enjoy older architecture. It may just be the ornamental aspect, but it always looks to me like there's more of a human element than the stuff they build nowadays, which is - to my semi-uneducated perception - too Bauhaus. That's my take.
Anyhow, thanks for these, and picking one of the best songs ever as a theme. Nice.

Betsy Brock said...

Lovely bridge! Ohio has had gorgeous weather, haven't we?

Big hugs to you Kim...still thinking about you.

CiCi said...

No wonder you are drawn to this bridge. Sounds like you had a nice detour and took some time for yourself.

Watson said...

The song reminds me of your father Kimy. I guess it's how I see him supporting you ... forever.

Always great photos. I get inspired, and then forget my camera!

Thinking of you
Barbara and Daisy

Roy said...

Love the bridge guardians; the remind me of the statues of the Kings of Gondor at Argonath in The Fellowship of the Ring.

The weather's been great here in New England, too - nice crisp almost-Fall days. I can live with that!

ArtSparker said...

They are making me think of Ghostbusters. Public monuments to progress are so American, sort of take the place of history.

Megan said...

I'm glad you took that detour out of your day.

That second shot, if I took something similar here, would have WAY more graffiti...

Tom said...

i can't listen to bridge over troubled water this early--the emotions of the song are just too much to bear.
yeah--those bridge lords are very Tolkienish--wonder if the movie artists were inspired by them?

Gary said...

I love being "seduced by blue sky and the dramatic clouds". I was hoping that this would be the case today but alas, rain. A different type of seduction but one that can be equally inviting.

I am glad you were able to take these pictures without any incident.

Betsy Brock said...

can't find your comment link on the more recent posts, Kim...just wanted to say the squirrel on the side of the buildin is amazing!