Irish harp-Samuel Beckett Bridge in Dublin
www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6YaLpGlJvM This work was on exhibition in Barcelona Estudio Nomada Gallery (5-15 of Fab, 2011)
The Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava’s Samuel Beckett Bridge was officially inaugurated in Dublin on 10 December 2009. The bridge unites the north and south sides of the River Liffey, creating a link between the two regions. This is the second signature bridge that the architect has designed for the city of Dublin. Calatrava’s Samuel Beckett Bridge features four lanes, two for traffic with cycle tracks and pedestrian paths on either side, as well as room for trams; to be implemented in the future. To avoid disturbing maritime traffic, Calatrava also designed the bridge with the ability to rotate 90° horizontally, enabling ships to pass.
The Spanish architect added that ‘By the time I completed the bridge in 2003, I had already begun to develop a deep affinity with the people of Dublin and I wanted my second bridge to celebrate that connection. It was my intention to give the Samuel Beckett Bridge the same characteristics as its citizens; warm, welcoming and gracious.’