December 15, 2004

A thing of beauty

The Times reports on the unveiling of the new Millau Viaduct, in France:

Taller than the Eiffel Tower and longer than the Champs Elysee, the Millau viaduct was today unveiled by President Jacques Chirac to acclaim as a marvel of art and architecture.

Its seven slender pillars, the tallest rising to 1,122ft (340 metres), were likened to needles supporting a taut thread in one the many poetic newspaper front pages marking the elegant structure's unveiling to the nation.

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I love the architecture and engineering of bridges. I especially love the futuristic look of cable-stayed bridges like this one. On the other hand, I definitely have mixed feelings about driving over 500 feet above a massive cloud bank . . .

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