Spanning Time - Moods Of A City - The HDR Series

Philip Johnson

Newport Beach, Australia

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When the Sydney Harbour Bridge was opened by the Premier of New South Wales, Mr Jack Lang on the 19th March 1932, the Harbour Bridge was one of the greatest engineering masterpieces of its time. Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour) had an impressive and instantly famous landmark made in a style that reflects the end of an industrial era.

Its design reflects Art Deco Design look at the angles of those spans of steel criss crossing each other like lace.The foundations, which are 12 metres (39 feet) deep, are set in sandstone. Anchoring tunnels are 36 metres (118 feet) long and dug into the bedrock at each end. Large bolts and nuts are used to tie the thrust bearings onto their supports.

It is interesting to note that the four pylons are actually placed mainly for aesthetic reasons on each corner of the bridge. The pylons are about 90 metres above the average water level. The Sydney Harbour Bridge design had to perform functionally and be pleasing to the eye as well. The pylons are made of concrete that is covered by grey granite from Moruya on the south coast of New South Wales.

When the bridge was constructed the use of reinforced concrete was in its infancy. Today the Harbour Bridge ranks second or third in the world in terms of span but it is still considered to be the greatest of its type in the world because of its load bearing capacity and width of nearly 50 metres

This shot taken from Millers Point at the northern end of the bridge by the historic Luna Park Amusement Park . The pattern of metal caught my attention, when i brought it home for processing, on enlargement i noticed something extra a group of figures people experiencing the very popular Bridge Climb.

VIEW IT LARGER to see how the bridge dwarfs the group of intrepid tourists.

Yes one of the most popular experiences in Sydney is to climb the bridge

And It Makes a Great Prop to Hang Fireworks Off !
Emerald City

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