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The latest audacious proposal comes from Thomas Heatherwick, designer of the 2012 Olympic cauldron and London's new double decker buses. He plans to build a plant lined pedestrian "garden bridge" over the river in the next few years.
Dan Cruickshank, an architectural historian with a boundless enthusiasm for London and its bridges, said that for centuries, "because they changed God's world, bridges were sacred creations."
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The exhibition explores bridges' beauty, but also their dark side, as places associated with drudgery and death.
some of the paintings and photographs in the exhibition. One early photograph, taken in 1845, shows the Hungerford suspension bridge built by pioneering engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. It's doubly haunting the bridge lasted little over a decade, and the photo is so fragile that it will be displayed in a darkened room. Visitors can switch on a light to take a quick look at it.
Today London has 35 bridges, but with a few exceptions pastel painted Albert Bridge, silver spear like Millennium footbridge they are utilitarian rather than beautiful. London is a city of relentless change, and many of the structures haven't lasted long.
Grange said bearing the London Bridge name is "like being called Paris Hilton if you're not Paris Hilton. For 1,700 years it was the city's only bridge.
Bridge building continues to push the boundaries of engineering. The Millennium Bridge opened in 2000 then shut for two years of tweaking after the first people to use it noticed an alarming wobble.
the exhibition of artworks at Museum of London Docklands. "What would New York be without Brooklyn Bridge?"
Exhibition looks at London's storied and historic bridges
But exhibition curator Francis Marshall said he was inspired by odes to beauty such as William Wordsworth's "Composed Upon Westminster Bridge," which begins: "Earth has not anything to show more fair."
A new exhibition wants visitors to look again, peering on, under and even inside the structures spanning the River Thames. Without bridges, the show argues, London as we know it would not exist.
"They remain in some way in our imaginations sacred and strange audacious interventions," he said.
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Yet London's most famous bridge is also the biggest letdown. London Bridge of "falling down" nursery rhyme fame is a dreary concrete and steel structure that has been disappointing tourists since it opened in 1973. The ancient London Bridge is long gone, and a 19th century version is now a tourist attraction in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
"Bridges can often make a city what it is," said Lucinda Grange, an adventure photographer who sneaked Louis Vuitton Alma Bnb inside London Bridge and took images that appear in Lv Turenne Pm Review
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