Posted January 4th 2013 at 8:26 am by
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Infrastructure as Inspiration

Fresh Eye Friday: Infrastructure as Inspiration

Bir-Hakeim Bridge in Paris, France

This photograph was taken during my third — and most memorable — visit to Paris in January 2011. It features a mid-day scene at the Bir-Hakeim Bridge, a beautiful steel arch bridge built in 1878 for the Universal Exposition. Originally known as the Passy Footbridge, it was later renamed the Pont de Bir-Hakeim to commemorate the 1948 Battle of Bir-Hakeim. I accidentally discovered the bridge while riding Paris Metro Line 6, the city’s infamous 8.5 mile elevated railway that runs a semi-circular route around the southern half of the city.

Upon crossing the river Seine I noticed a beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower and exited the Metro at the Bir-Hakeim Station. There I found a scene that encapsulated many of the things that I love: Paris, infrastructure, historic bridges, rivers, and the influence of cultural events on cities. I took this photo because I felt the route of the central bicycle path inspired a feeling of unknown adventure, one that clearly resonated with my overall visit to the city. For non-Parisians, the Bir-Hakeim Bridge is perhaps best known for its role in numerous movies including Inception and Last Tango in Paris.

John Arroyo is an urban planner and cultural producer living in Los Angeles. He is currently exploring regional civic affairs as a Coro Southern California Executive Fellow (2012-13). 

This post is part of the Fresh Eye Friday series.

2 responses to “Infrastructure as Inspiration”

  1. Amy says:

    John, This is absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  2. John A says:

    Awww. Thanks Amy!!!