Friday, December 17, 2004

Something to make us famous

There's a happy little event going on in France. It's all about a new bridge you see. Maybe they are finally tired of the Eiffel Tower...or is that just wishful thinking? No matter. To be quite honest, it is a pretty little bridge. Ok, perhaps not so little considering it is the tallest ever built. (See Reuters piece)

"The Millau Viaduct is a magnificent example, in the long and great French tradition, of audacious works of art, a tradition begun at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries by the great Gustave Eiffel," French President Jacques Chirac told a reception.

The irony of Chirac's comment is that the architect is the famous Englishman Norman Foster! I think Chirac should have saved that comment for the ribbon cutting for the up and coming Paris White Flag Hall of Fame (WFHF).
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Blogger Wheelson said...

The new bridge in France has been praised for its striking arhitecture (British) and remarkable engineering (French) along with its wonderful aesthetics. Has it brought some attention to France? Totall.

In California a new Bay Bridge (damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake) was approved at a cost of $740 million. That soon grew to 2.6 and now $5.1 billion dollars. Schwarzenegger wants to scrap the whole plan and replace it with somthing simpler and cheaper, but will still cost billions of dollars. The best estimate of when the bridge might be ready is 2012, 23 years after the quake.

I find it interesting that the French could build such an impressive structure for so little money and in such a short time span, but in America such a thing is unthinkable.

10:08 AM, December 22, 2004  

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