I must say that London has the most interesting and varied color schemes for its bridges of any city I have yet visited. In Pittsburgh, for instance, the bridges that have color use only one (and that tends to be yellow). All the examples I can think of for bridges in other US cities follow a similar color design as Pittsburgh, though not in yellow. On the other hand, London’s Vauxhall Bridge presents yet another tri-color design scheme different from the three bridges I’ve already posted about and from the nine more to come.
Upriver from the bridge, the smoke stacks of the Battersea Power Station (see June 18 post) are still in view. In the other direction, classic, old London architecture appears, after the views from the bridges upriver were dominated by modern architecture (when I say modern architecture I include anything from the Modern Movement beginning roughly in the 1920s through contemporary architecture).
More interesting than the color scheme of this bridge was the sculpture. Vauxhall Bridge has five arches; there are four statues on each side of the bridge, one in-between each arch. Each statue obviously represented what I guessed to be some form of art or industry. The one holding the model of St. Paul’s Cathedral and the one with the scythe were easy to identify as Architecture and Agriculture respectively. I could not immediately determine the symbolism of several of the others including the one holding the urn. Fortunately, we have the internet, which has given me the official representation for each statue. In order they are: Government, Education, Fine Art, Science/Astronomy, Agriculture, Architecture, Engineering, and Pottery.
For more information about Vauxhall Bridge including pictures and quotes about the previous bridge on this site, I found this website interesting.
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