George Washington Bridge Illuminated Geometrics

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On my way back from Syracuse the other week. Special for the Superbowl, the towers of the George Washington Bridge were illuminated in bright white light. High intensity light shoots through the grid of the steel girding, encased by surrounding nighttime darkness. That I’ve never quite seen this done to a bridge may have to do with design of the bridge and the history of its construction. When they built the GW in 1931 during the Depression, the towers were left open and un-encased, in order to save money. The look this decision gave it is very open, which the light intensified. All lit up, you drive over the water into and through its structured light, then leaving it out there behind over the Hudson River as you shoot down the West Side Highway.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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