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Bridge, Sidney’s Pride by Claudia Miclaus
of the most graceful constructions - The Harbour Bridge, Sidney’s pride!
Named so because its arching is uniting the two big parts of the New South
Wales capital, the south one and the north one; as a matter of fact, it
unites the administrative centre with the commercial one.
the Opera House, which has risen up like the pearl of clam from the ocean
water, decorating the contemporary Sidney in a stylish way, Harbour Bridge
evokes the image of a young country through its monumental, ponderous but
functional architecture. Its architecture which carries her past on her
shoulders all the way from the colonialism to independency.
bridge inauguration, in 1932, marked the entrance of Sydney in the rank
of the biggest metropolises in the world.
were seven variants of the bridge and from those seven variants proposed
by the British constructions firm `Dorman Long`, he had chosen the most
simple one, consisting in an arch with an opening supported on massive
pylons. Bradfield’s perspective of the bridge was to see it as a gate of
entrance in Australia, with one portal formed by the two pylons.
the anniversary, the traffic on the bridge was stopped for 5 hours and
almost half a million people crossed by foot…admiring the ocean. The view
is worth it, even if some people find it rather scary. You can see the
full scenery of the city in a breath-taking panorama, unique in beauty.
The bridge is passed by 170.000 automobiles every day and its length from
a side to another is 503 meters.
John Bradfield 'the father' planned the bridge, an engineer from
Queensland state, affirmed that he wishes a structure which would humanize
the landscape, in the spirit of the Australian people; this means one simple,
strong and sincere bridge.
construction of Harbour Bridge took 8 years. The arch started getting a
shape. Two mobile hoists, weighting 120 tones each, were slipping along
the water. It was, at that time one of the most dangerous buildings that
required a lot of courage and acrobatic moves form its builders. The distance
between the two parts arch was gradually reduced until one night, in 1930
when it completely disappeared: the two parts were perfectly put together.
Bradfield remained speechless with emotion when his eyes saw it, while
the ‘Dorman Long’ director acclaimed: ‘Thank God we’re home!’
months later, the deck was suspended and the bridge was officially inaugurated.
The general governor, Francis de Groot, cut down the bridge inauguration
costs for Harbour reached 10 millions pounds but 16 workers who paid its
building with their own lives, paid the most expensive price...
history of the bridge had 16 victims along the construction period, of
which six workers fell down and the other ones died in work accidents.
Some people think that their ghosts are still watching on them… Harbour
Bridge continued to be built and today it represents an important attraction
for its visitors, numerous tourists.
enjoying the splendid view at 134 meters above the sea level …you realize
how frail you are; climbers had always existed, but to climb up there was
forbidden so they did it assuming their own risk (climbing was interdicted
and punished with big fines). Even though the stairs were paved with spiny
wire, there were still found bottles of wine and beer and even a trolley.
Tina Turner when she filmed a piece of advertisement told that she was
very scared although the bridge is often visited by all kinds of people:
from teenagers or even kids to old people. For those who dare to climb
this bridge, the Sydney panorama on the summit of the arch, at 134 meters
above the sea level, is a full reward.
Bridge occupies a central position in the city, so that 20% of the population
can see it at least one time a day. In a panorama of 360°, you can
identify the famous places of the metropolis, like its neighbor `The Opera`
all the way to the `Olympic Park`.
Sidney’s pride for so long, Harbour Bridge continues to attract many people
who love astonishing views and enjoy feeling a little -or might be even
a little more- adrenaline in their blood. Yes, this bridge is surely worth