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Bridges That Changed the World
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Auteur(s) Bernhard Graf
Date de publication 30/12/1999
Format Relié (304 x 249 mm)
Editeur Prestel
ISBN 978-3-7913-2701-3
Langue Anglais
Nb. de pages 128
Résumé / commentaires
A pictorial list of 50 spans, Graf's album exalts both famous and utterly obscure bridges. By including rope bridges in Nepal, and the newest suspension bridge giants in Japan and Denmark, the author underscores the commonality to any bridge's purpose: vaulting chasms and straits to link people and commerce. Florence's famous Ponte Vecchio, with the shops built onto its spans, expresses the idea literally, while other celebrated bridges do so symbolically, like the now-destroyed Stari Most in Mostar, Bosnia. Whatever a bridge's exact physical purpose, it also exudes a powerful aesthetic presence that Graf handsomely displays: the book's design faces a one-page historical description with a full-page photograph, with an oblong format enhancing the feeling of length. This effect is especially graceful on the An Ji Bridge in China, a beautiful 1,400-year-old structure. Turning from medieval stone bridges to those of the Industrial Revolution, Graf selects the seminal Iron Bridge in Britain, and he represents modernism with the single-mast Alamillo Bridge in Seville. An appealing diversion for browsers. Gilbert Taylor.
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