Sunday, June 6, 2010

The roar of traffic and lions

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We don't collect only bridges, but also benches--and lions too.

Enlarge to see the Lion of Judah, the municipal emblem of Jerusalem.
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Here is the view from the Calatrava bridge featured in the previous post.

The transparent side is a bit dirty, but believe me . . .
. . . down below are benches and a newly-planted little garden with olive trees.


Under the bridge, in the merciful shade, are more such benches, each with two metal lions rampant.
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11 comments:

Mary Ann said...

Wow. I love the 'swoop' of the last photo's composition.

Cloudia said...

Mary Ann is right!




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Petrea said...

It's really a magnificent work of engineering and architecture. I'm one who loves the ancient works and modern ones don't often impress me, but this one does. I've enjoyed all your photos of it.

VP said...

Love the benches, but I am not a fan of the 'great' Calatrava. Check Bilbao or Venice, if in doubt.

JM said...

The Calatrava's bridge perspective is awesome and I also like the garden design. Great shots!

Catherine said...

These 2 bridges are amazing ! What an imaginativeness this curve.
I don't see much traffic below...

moneythoughts said...

Yes, I third it. Mary Ann is right. Great pictures. Thanks.

Sara said...

You need all the shade you can find on a hot day in Jerusalem...I love that little lion emblem.

I'm wondering what it says in Hebrew on that one bench seen from the bridge above? I can read the letters, but who knows (certainly not I!), without vowels, if I am guessing what the words might be...and then...I wouldn't know what they mean anyway!

Pietro said...

Beautiful perspectives of the modern bridge. Its shape almost makes me dizzy!

Dina said...

Shalom to all.

Sara, so, you can read Hebrew? Tov meod!
I'm sorry to say that the graffiti reads Kahana tsadak, meaning "Kahana was right."
This slogan appears from time to time ever since its graffiti campaign started in 2000, following the start of the second intifada when Jerusalem buses started exploding.
I don't want to sully my blog by talking about this racist. But you can read about his crazy ideas on Wikipedia, and about the graffiti campaign in the Wiki article under "Political legacy."

It has since been removed from the bench and from the bridge.

Sara said...

Thank you for the answer, Dina. I have heard of this guy before. Yes, I can read Hebrew like a kindergartner I guess...but without knowing the language...which really means I can make out a word here and there. Took a year of Modern Hebrew a very long time ago and we learned the cursive letters as well as the printed ones. Such beautiful letters...I always enjoyed writing them.