Thursday, April 24, 2008
Pont Alexandre III
Paris is exotic; the Seine is romantic; and the bridges over the Seine are extremely evocative. This is recognised as being the most beautifully ornate of them all - the Pont Alexandre III which connects the Champs-Élysées quarter and the Invalides quarter. Visible in my photo is the sculpture from one side of the single arch (there is a slightly different one on the other side of the arch) and some of the unique art deco street lights on the bridge.
The bridge was built for the Exposition in 1900. The architects were under instruction not to obscure the views on each side of the river, and so the design features the single support arch under the bridge itself. There are statues on the four pillars at the bridge ends in addition to the sculptures on the arches.
And, I don't know what they do to the gilt statues in Paris, but they certainly stay bright and shiny.
EXIF: (both) Sony Cybershot; ISO 100; 1/500 sec; f8.