Thursday, May 14, 2009

To Infinity and Beyond

That was the theme of the celebrations surrounding the official opening of the Infinity Bridge, the latest bridge over the Tees in Stockton. At present it leads from the University to not very much, but eventually it will lead to the new developments on the North Shore of the river. Whatever happens on North Shore, the Infinity Bridge is a thing of beauty and worth looking at for that.
The celebrations culminated in a magnificent firework display, including a "waterfall" of stars from the bridge into the river. The sound and light performance before the fireworks was superb and the free runners making their way to the top of the arches before lighting their flares was a heart-in-mouth few minutes.
A wonderful engineering achievement, fully justifying the derivation of the French term for engineer which comes from the same root as genius.
The one disappointment of the evening was that the wind was too strong for the reflection in the river to complete the picture, but there'll be plenty of time for that as infinity stretches ahead.

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