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EXCITING ART FOR THE NEW AL GARHOUD BRIDGE

The renewed Al Garhoud bridge is an impressive, firm and wide piece of construction. It seems as if the land forms a kind of dike where all roads lead to the new Dubai.

From a distance the driver will notice the water of the Dubai creek on his left and right. Only when a ship disappears under the macadam, it is clear that one is driving over a bridge.

Coming from the Deira direction,  from the Airport or Festival City, driving to the new Dubai, it is interesting to realize the border between the old and new Dubai has been crossed.

From a distance one can see a ribbon of shining stainless steel, appearing out of the blue. The square tube of eighty by eighty centimetres dives under the surface, comes up, turns out of excitement in a loop and disappears between the two parts of the bridge. At times the ribbon appears again like the gleaming flank of a dolphin.

The waves roll wilder when the bridge is passed to rise and transform in a chalice in which a fountain splashes. Sixteen meters above the bridge. Fortyeight feet!

In the dark blue light appears in the middle of the stainless steel ribbon. A mysterious blue light directs the motorists over the bridge. Even the fountain colours blue, high above the highwaylanes.

This work of art forms a unity with the new bridge as if both, the design of the ribbon and the bridge itself were designed at the same time.