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Spain #65

By handlerstudio  
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Following the side trip to the Altamira cave, on to Basque country and Bilbao. This was to be the shortest stay of any of our stops in Spain, with the main objective the obvious one....the Guggenheim, and there is at least one other reason to travel to Bilbao, and my other objective....the famed Calatrava Bridge. He has one building, to my knowledge in the US--the Milwaukee Art Museum, on Lake Michigan. It went 100% over budget....pissed off apparently the whole museum board....and they had to know what they were getting into. What i understand is that everything he builds goes over budget, and he is perhaps (Check me on the Dimitris), one of if not the greatest visionary architect in the world. Sop, I wanted to see his bridge...on a cold, damp day (that later poured rain),and it was all I had heard. A footbridge only, about half a mile from the museum. And well used. So....a few images of his bridge.

I would have liked to spend more time in Basque country, in a region with a language apparently related to no other. Like Hungarian and Finnish. And to see Guernica, the town, and to learn more about the Spanish Civil war in that area. (My wife's uncle had served in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the 1930s.

I would like to thank Isabel (Chinga) for her UA for my photos of the Cave....and give credit where it is due. I learned from her "collections" the importance of telling a story with multiple images (versions), so, thank you for that too, Isabel.

Peter

Tags: Spain Bridge Architecture Calatrava Bilbao Visionary

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debu 11 India
2 May 2020 1:00AM
Great set of images.
Debu
dimalexa 4 5 Greece
2 May 2020 1:10AM
Calatrava, as Huan Antonio Samarang's son-in-law, he was in the (hidden, obviously) agreement to undertake the study of the Athens Olympic Stadium in order to be given the 2004 Olympic Games in Greece. He also built a pedestrian bridge in another part of Athens, always in the same style. All with a large budget surplus. He is considered a visionary, he is good, but in the end, the constant repetition of the same pattern, I think, becomes boring, as if the ideas are lacking. Having a personal style in your creation is very good, but repeating it over and over again probably stops being so creative.
Of course the bridge is impressive, and all the photos are wonderful, Peter!
Dimitris
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
2 May 2020 1:13AM
Version 8 ia quite remarkable!
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 20 Canada
2 May 2020 1:43AM
An excellent set. Looks a great place to explore. I can see why you would have liked to spend more time there.
gconant Plus
10 31 1 United States
2 May 2020 1:49AM
A great series.
Amazing designs !!

Glenn
johnke Plus
8 231 17 England
2 May 2020 5:07AM
Another cracking set of wonderful images Peter, I think V7 is my favorite POV...........John
Nikonuser1 Plus
9 170 16 United Kingdom
2 May 2020 10:32AM
A great set PeterSmileSmile

Cliff
2 May 2020 10:59AM
A great set of images
A wonderful set of images Peter, a most impressive bridge captured from some great viewpoints.
Carol
dales Plus
5 13 Australia
2 May 2020 12:00PM
Wonderful lead in this very well captured set Peter
Ian
2 May 2020 3:24PM
Interesting set of this bridge and description.
2 May 2020 6:20PM
Excellent set and a very interesting town.

LorySmile
2 May 2020 8:21PM

Quote:Calatrava, as Huan Antonio Samarang's son-in-law, he was in the (hidden, obviously) agreement to undertake the study of the Athens Olympic Stadium in order to be given the 2004 Olympic Games in Greece. He also built a pedestrian bridge in another part of Athens, always in the same style. All with a large budget surplus. He is considered a visionary, he is good, but in the end, the constant repetition of the same pattern, I think, becomes boring, as if the ideas are lacking. Having a personal style in your creation is very good, but repeating it over and over again probably stops being so creative.
Of course the bridge is impressive, and all the photos are wonderful, Peter!

HI Dimitris, if figured you as an archtiect, would have something to say...and I was unaware of those issues about Calatrava's work.....as an artist, one of the issues we all deal with is success, risk and failure....how to achieve it, ho achieve success, and to continue...and for some, they end up recapitulating themselves....without taking risk, without going to new places, and not making discoveries.....I would get bored. With my clients, the pieces that take me to new places are the ones that I enjoy the most....and if there is aesthetic risk...all. The better. Thank you for your input.

Peter
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Chinga Plus
11 3 2 United Kingdom
3 May 2020 7:33AM
Some beautiful curves and symmetry in this eye catching set Peter !!
Isabel GrinGrin
dark_lord Plus
17 2.9k 787 England
3 May 2020 11:54AM
Nice set Peter.
Even if all his bridges are similar, they're all striking.
Tooma 5 2.2k 3 Scotland
9 May 2020 4:06PM
Lots of good interestingly angled shots of a very elegantly designed bridge. Smile

I don't see anything wrong with variations on a theme, which in itself can be challenging - especially on a bridge, which has to function safely for a very long time. We have had the arch for eons because it works - in its many and varied forms.

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