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Gazing up at Calatrava’s bridge across the Liffey

-Look Up, Look Down Challenge, Week 83

Every Thursday, I publish a post containing photos taken from above or below, and invite you to join in the challenge by posting your own images with an up or down perspective.


This recent addition to the Liffey crossing points, is quintessential Calatrava design , with its strong flowing lines and curves.  But its shape is based on a popular Irish symbol.

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When you stand back, you can see that it is, without a doubt, a harp.

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The bridged is named for the Irish writer Samuel Beckett.  The main span of the bridge is supported by 31 cable stays from a doubly back-stayed single tapered spar, with decking and it carries four traffic and two pedestrian lanes. It opens through an angle of 90 degrees to allowing ships to pass through.

I stayed in this part of town so I was able to enjoy early morning and late night views down to the bridge from my window.

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Calatrava has designed bridges and structures around the world, including the Montjuic Communications Tower in Barcelona, the Turning Torso in Malmö, the Peace Bridge in Calgary and the James Joyce Bridge in Dublin.  Closer to home for me is the Trinity Bridge in Manchester.  In addition, the Merchant’s Bridge in Manchester is openly inspired by Calatrava’s designs.


The Challenge

Click here to enter the challenge

Welcome to week 83 and a huge thank you to all who participated last week.  Special thanks to Narami for her quirky photo of a coke can and to BiTi for introducing me to an English artist and a San Francisco location that I didn’t know.

All are welcome to join this challenge; do please share your up or down perspective with us.  Simply create your own post as normal, create a link to this challenge and click above to enter your link and view other entries.  If you have any difficulties with the linky, please just leave your link in a comment below and I will upload your thumbnail.

Finally, please don’t forget to go and visit the other challengers and pass on your views and encouragement.

To find out more about how to enter, click here.  The linky list will open each Thursday at 00:01 GMT (or a bit before) and will normally be open for one week.

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  1. that is some bridge! and glad you did not get blown over – I bet it was crazy grabbing photos of this – did it mess with your balance???


    • Heights always mess with my balance, I had to shoot fast and concentrate on the other side. Having just got caught in a massive hail storm (trying to find a well known graffiti wall – failed!) I had to get to the warmth of my hotel 🙂

      On Thu, Apr 2, 2015 at 11:36 PM, Travel with Intent wrote:


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      • oh so it was cold too – brrr – and how fun to hear the story behind the shots – you really find the coolest stuff and even though no graffiti wall this time – what you did get is amazing…


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