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London | Architecture | Night Photography | Bilbao Set | Guggenheim Set


Detail of the dream city lights colors and shapes in the bridge next to Guggenheim Bilbao city

La Salve Bridge in Bilbao, Spain. Originally designed by Juan Batanero in 1972, the bridge was recently updated with a red arch designed by French artist Daniel Buren.


La Salve is a quarter in the 2nd district of the city of Bilbao, Spain. It gains its name from the fact that sailors, returning from sea, would first see the tower of the Basilica of Begoña at this point as ships returned up the river Nervión, which runs through the city. According to folklore, they would start praying to the Virgin Begoña, the patron saint of the region, thanking her for protecting them during their time at sea.


Today, the main landmark of the area is La Salve Bridge , popular name for the Princes of Spain suspension bridge, built in the 1970's to provide a northern access over the river to the city. This bridge gained popularity when the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao was built right under it, literally merging its structure into the museum's.


It represents the place where sailors could get a glimpse of the Begoña Basilica from the estuary, chanting a prayer to Virgin Mary, a pious custom recalled in a small monument.


There is a lift that takes visitors to the La Salve bridge, an important architectural landmark built in the 1970s. It is the North entrance to the city centre (from Begoña) through two arteries, Recalde and Mazarredo avenues.


Bilbao, is the largest city in the Basque Country in northern Spain and the capital of the province of Biscay (Basque: Bizkaia). The city has 354,145 inhabitants (2006) and is the most financially and industrially active part of Greater Bilbao, the zone in which almost half of the Basque Country’s population lives. Greater Bilbao’s 950,155 inhabitants are spread along the length of the Nervión River, whose banks are home also to numerous business and factories, which during the industrial revolution brought heightened prosperity to the region.


Bilbao is considered, by many Spanish people, as the ‘most British’ of all cities in the country. This is mainly due to its closeness, geographically, to England, which it is linked to by the ferry Pride of Bilbao, and also because Bilbao has always admired the city of London due to the eminently industrial characteristics of the latter’s economy during the 19th and 20th centuries.


The upper class of Bilbao, before falling into the trap of becoming casual fashion victims, used to dress in jackets and waistcoats in the style of the English during that era.


There is even a popular song – practically an anthem – which says, “an Englishman came to Bilbao to see the river and the sea, and on seeing the young Bilbao women no longer wished to leave.”

Color Psychology

Do different colors affect your mood? Colors often have different meanings in various cultures. And even in Western societies, the meanings of various colors have changed over the years.

Black is the color of authority and power. It is popular in fashion because it makes people appear thinner. It is also stylish and timeless. Black also implies submission. Black outfits can also be overpowering, or make the wearer seem aloof or evil. Villains, such as Dracula, often wear black.

Brides wear white to symbolize innocence and purity. White reflects light and is considered a summer color. White is popular in decorating and in fashion because it is light, neutral, and goes with everything. Doctors and nurses wear white to imply sterility.


The most emotionally intense color, red stimulates a faster heartbeat and breathing.

If you want to draw attention, use red. It is often where the eye looks first. Red is the color of energy. It's associated with movement and excitement. People surrounded by red find their heart beating a little faster and often report feeling a bit out of breath.


Ask people their favorite color and a clear majority will say blue. Much of the world is blue (skies, seas). Seeing the color blue actually causes the body to produce chemicals that are calming; but that isn't true of all shades of blue. Some shades (or too much blue) can send a cold and uncaring message.

The color of the sky and the ocean, blue is one of the most popular colors. It causes the opposite reaction as red.


Currently the most popular decorating color, green symbolizes nature. It is the easiest color on the eye and can improve vision. It is a calming, refreshing color. People waiting to appear on TV sit in "green rooms" to relax. Hospitals often use green because it relaxes patients. Brides in the Middle Ages wore green to symbolize fertility. Dark green is masculine, conservative, and implies wealth. However, seamstresses often refuse to use green thread on the eve of a fashion show for fear it will bring bad luck.


Cheerful sunny yellow is an attention getter. While it is considered an optimistic color, people lose their tempers more often in yellow rooms, and babies will cry more. It is the most difficult color for the eye to take in, so it can be overpowering if overused. Yellow enhances concentration, hence its use for legal pads. It also speeds metabolism.


The color of royalty, purple connotes luxury, wealth, and sophistication. It is also feminine and romantic. However, because it is rare in nature, purple can appear artificial.


Solid, reliable brown is the color of earth and is abundant in nature. Light brown implies genuineness while dark brown is similar to wood or leather. Brown can also be sad and wistful. Men are more apt to say brown is one of their favorite colors.


Pink symbolize spring, gratitude, appreciation, admiration, sympathy, femininity, health, love, sex, June, marriage, joy. The most romantic color, pink, is more tranquilizing.


Orange has less intensity or aggression than red and is calmed by the cheerfulness of yellow.

Gray symbolized elegance, humility, respect, reverence, stability, subtlety, wisdom, old age, anachronism, boredom, decay, decrepitude, dullness, dust, entanglement, pollution, urban sprawl, strong emotions, balance, neutrality, mourning, formality, March.


Food for Thought

While blue is one of the most popular colors it is one of the least appetizing. Blue food is rare in nature. Food researchers say that when humans searched for food, they learned to avoid toxic or spoiled objects, which were often blue, black, or purple. When food dyed blue is served to study subjects, they lose appetite.


Green, brown, and red are the most popular food colors. Red is often used in restaurant decorating schemes because it is an appetite stimulant.


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Taken on July 28, 2009