Monday, September 6, 2010

The wonder of it all....

I have written about Denmark's Storebælts Bridge more than once...
I have written about how cool it is HERE.
I have written about how many cars have driven across it HERE.
and I have written about my first time driving across it all by myself HERE.
So yes, this "world's third longest suspension bridge" has definitely made an impression on me. And I never cease to recognize the wonder of it every time I cross it.


However, on Saturday when we drove to Copenhagen I got a different impression of Storebælts Bridge. Maybe it had something to do with the blue skies all around me, or maybe I am just seeing things differently the older I get. Either way, I was confronted with very different thoughts as we crossed Storebælts Bridge this weekend, and all of those thoughts centered around the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and his ideas of organic architecture. 

Organic architecture is a philosophy of architecture that promotes harmony between human habitation and the natural world through design approaches that are so well integrated with its site that buildings and surroundings become part of a unified, interrelated composition. In other words....the structures look like they belong there... like they are part of the nature; they, in essence, enhance the natural beauty of the location because of the way they are constructed.  And that is what I saw as I crossed Storebælts Bridge this time; it really and truly looked like it belonged there as a piece of the puzzle connecting sky, water, and land... 


Look at these photos I took and see if you agree.







As a language person, I am continually amazed by the feats of engineering and this bridge is no different. However, I wonder if the team of Danish engineers that designed it might have had a little Frank Lloyd Wright inspired thought inside of them... a little bit of the artist...the creator... the harmonizer because to me, it looks like it belongs there; like it completes a beautiful and inspired picture. 

2 comments:

ladyfi said...

I agree! It joins sky, land and sea in a lovely inspiring way.

Nina Ø said...

I hope to go across this bridge next year when I come to DK again to visit family. But I can relate. The Golden Gate is now #9 longest and was #1 until 1964. No matter how many times I cross it, it is spiritual experience of sky and water and land.