On the George Washington Bridge Project

13Aug08

In which The Gay Recluse becomes increasingly obsessed with the George Washington Bridge.

Do you remember what the sky looked like on August 11? We don’t either, but this photograph has given us a clue.

“The George Washington Bridge over the Hudson is the most beautiful bridge in the world. Made of cables and steel beams, it gleams in the sky like a reversed arch. It is blessed. It is the only seat of grace in the disordered city. It is painted an aluminum color and, between water and sky, you see nothing but the bent cord supported by two steel towers. When your car moves up the ramp the two towers rise so high that it brings you happiness; their structure is so pure, so resolute, so regular that here, finally, steel architecture seems to laugh. The car reaches an unexpectedly wide apron; the second tower is very far away; innumerable vertical cables, gleaming against the sky, are suspended from the magisterial curve which swings down and then up. The rose-colored towers of New York appear, a vision whose harshness is mitigated by distance.”

– Le Corbusier, When the Cathedrals Were White, 1947.

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2 Responses to “On the George Washington Bridge Project”

  1. re: the bridge, I think this will be of interest:

    George Washington Bridge
  2. Very cool, Seth — thanks for the link!


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