Friday, 1 June 2012

SANDRIDGE BRIDGE ON THE YARRA

The Sandridge Bridge is a historic former railway bridge over the Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia, which has been redeveloped in 2006 as a new pedestrian and cycle path featuring public art. It is the third bridge on the site and is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register. The bridge is 178.4 metres long is made up of five spans, and is 17 metres wide while the girders are 2.74 metres high from the top to the bottom of the flange.

In 2005 it was announced that artist Nadim Karam had been commissioned to create ten abstract sculptures in a piece titled "The Travellers", which represents the different types of immigrants who traditionally arrived by train over the bridge from Station Pier. Nine of the sculptures move across the bridge in a 15-minute sequence, moving on bogies running between the two bridge spans. 128 glass panels of the Travellers exhibit offer information about Australian indigenous peoples or the countries of immigrants to Australia, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.

The Southgate Footbridge in the last photo was built in 1989 over the Yarra River in Melbourne, and provides the main pedestrian link for thousands of workers and tourists between Flinders Street Station and the Southgate business and entertainment precinct. This pedestrian bridge over the Yarra is a focal point from both sides of the river and its graceful curves are much photographed.

This post is part of Sylvia's Skywatch Friday meme,
and also the Challenge Walk in the Street meme,
and also part of Louis' Sunday Bridges meme.



29 comments:

  1. Great tour of an interesting site!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  2. What a wonderful bridge for pedestrians! I really like all the public art on it. The colors in your photos are great--crisp and cold looking.

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  3. First picture a bit surreal, great work.

    Please have a good new month ahead.

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  4. love that lemony yellow glow...beautiful!

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  5. Your photos are stunning! I want to visit Melbourne. How beautiful! Thanks for stopping by and leaving your nice comments.

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  6. Wow, a beautiful place to have my walking meditations... this is a very nice and cozy spot.

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  7. Every post you write makes melbourne seem more wonderful!

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  8. The gold in the sky looks as though it has been smudged in by an artist's finger! Fabulous!

    Desert Sky

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  9. I have walked along here Nick but not with the soft golden glow on the horizon ... it adds another dimention

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  10. What an interesting bridge! Lovely - and very interesting information about your city...as always!

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  11. Bet that's a great place to walk at night with all of the lights.

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  12. Wonderful bridge, lovely skies, beautiful city and a chilly looking winter day!! Marvelous captures, Nick, and a great tour! Thank you!

    Sylvia

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  13. Wonderful light in these shots, although it looks a bit cold.

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  14. It would be great to walk there and see the sculptures. Your captures with this romantic sky are wonderful, Nick. The bridge would be welcome on Sunday Bridges over at San Franciscao Bay DP. :-)

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  15. Great shots Nick, it captures Wintery Melbourne well. I like how we get more golden sunsets in the cooler months.

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  16. Never tire of these Yarra views of Melbourne! Always so many artistic perspectives and amazing mood variations of light!

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  17. Beautiful light and colours! Great perspectives too.

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  18. The sculptures are a wonderful way to celebrate the diversity of your City and Country! And the skies and bridge are beautiful.

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  19. Where on earth does Melbourne get all its money for all this public artistic stuff. Up here ours is v. poor in quality and covered with pigeon-poop and equally poor quality graffiti in no time!!

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  20. movable sculptures seems a wonderful idea for a bridge!

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  21. Melbourne is just glowing in this winter sunset. Bravo Nick.

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  22. Captured so beautifully!

    My Sky Shot, have a great weekend.

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  23. Neat captures, beatyful light..;-D

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  24. The glow on the horizon is so soft. Great composition.

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  25. So beautiful and interesting. Love your shots.

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  26. What a lovely shot! The sun going down really adds to the shot! The pedestrian bridge sounds wonderful...

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  27. une superbe lumiere sur la ville

    Merci d'avoir participer au challenge "Walk In The Street Photography"

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  28. What a fabulous pedestrian area. It would be amazing to see all of those sculptures up close. The sunset is gorgeous and sets off the pictures beautifully. genie

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