The Bridge and I

Cecelia Feld  

It’s official. Dallas’ Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, which most people will call the Calatrava bridge (at least until Calatrava bridge #2 is built), is finished, ready to wed together the two parts of Dallas never comfortable in bed together. Over the course of one riotous weekend, thousands of Dallasites and visitors, plain folks and luminaries experienced a thrill never to be repeated, walking across the bridge. This bridge is designed for traffic, of the vehicular variety, which Dallas does not lack. There is no pedestrian walkway – too bad. That might have messed up Santiago Calatrava’s vision. So…if you didn’t walk across it on opening weekend you missed your chance. You can look at the bazillion pictures posted to every imaginable site.

I had the good fortune to photograph the bridge last May from the construction site – you know, “up close and personal.” With my shiny yellow hard hat on I wandered under and around the structure photographing the gleaming white arch with its partially strung cables, intrigued by the linear patterns they made against the intensely blue sky. Stepping back, I photographed the bridge from the surrounding fields along the Trinity River wondering when the development of that area would take it from paper plans to reality. Parks, play areas, walking and biking paths, water activities. One can hope.

I tried to capture the sculptural quality of the bridge in its state of “becoming.” To experience it through my eyes go see the exhibit of my photos at the Dallas Center for Architecture , through April 15, view the slideshow at  and visit my website (Photographs tab, Urban Seen).

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