Saturday, August 20, 2005

When Sir Christopher Wren 1710 meets Sir Norman Foster 2001 it's spectacular!! From the Tate Modern we walked across the Millennium Bridge on our way to Saint Paul's Cathedral. As we crossed the Thames the view of the cupola of the cathedral as well as the City is so stunning that we took millions of photos. The steel structure was designed by Foster & Partners with sculptor Sir Anthony Caro and engineers Ove Arup, the shallow suspension bridge is the first completely new pedestrian bridge to be constructed over the Thames for a hundred years. The innovative structure is formed by a single sweeping arc designed to appear as a thin ribbon of steel by day and, illuminated at night, as a shining blade of light across the river. In 2001 a few days after its inauguration, it developed an 'unexpected wobble', and the structure was closed to the public until a 'passive dampening solution' was installed to cure the problem. It re-opened to the public in 2002.
You can also get to the Tate Modern by boat (see above) which runs every forty minutes along the Thames between Tate Britain, the London Eye and Tate Modern.
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