Bridges in art
- as a work of art in itself in addition to any functional considerations;
- as a focal point for a novel or film;
- as a metaphor in song or poetry;
- as the main subject of a painting or photograph, or to frame one and give perspective;
- as a home for other works of art, such as sculptures
- The nursery rhyme London Bridge is falling down
- William McGonagall's poem on The Tay Bridge Disaster (1880)
- Wordsworth's famous sonnet "Composed upon Westminster Bridge, Sept. 3, 1802", opening with the famous lines, referring to the view from the bridge,
- Earth has not anything to show more fair:
- Dull would he be of soul who could pass by
- A sight so touching in its majesty.
- Julia A. Moore's poem on the Ashtabula Disaster:
- Have you heard of the dreadful fate
- Of Mr. P. P. Bliss and wife?
- Of their death I will relate,
- And also others lost their life;
- Ashtabula Bridge disaster,
- Where so many people died
- Without a thought that destruction
- Would plunge them 'neath the wheel of tide. (1879)
- Have you heard of the dreadful fate
- Bridge (1922)
- The Bridges of Madison County (1992)
- The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1929, 1944, 2004)
- The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
- Die Brücke ("German - The Bridge", 1959)
- Un pont entre deux rives (The Bridge) (1999)
- A Bridge Too Far (1977)
- The Bridge at Remagen (1969)
- The Simon and Garfunkel song (using the term metaphorically), Bridge Over Troubled Water.
- The song Ode to Billie Joe, which became a hit for Bobbie Gentry (1967)
- The Divine Comedy's "Painting the Forth Bridge", the title being a colloquial term for an unending task, a reference to the Forth Bridge
- The Pogues' "Misty Morning, Albert Bridge": Albert Bridge is a bridge across the Thames river
- MC Frontalot's song "Floating Bridge" is literally about different types of bridges.
- Andy Partridge (of XTC) and Harold Budd - "Tenochtitlan's Numberless Bridges": Tenochtitlan was an Aztec island city with many waterways, canals, and bridges
- Harpers Bizarre - "The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)": The bridge of the title, also known as the Queensboro Bridge, links Manhattan with Queens
- T'Pau - "Bridge of Spies": The title refers to Glienicke Bridge in Germany, called the Bridge of Spies because three times during the Cold War, released agents were exchanged there.
- Iain Banks' novel The Bridge (1986)
- Ernest Hemingway's 1940 novel For Whom the Bell Tolls, concerning the destruction of a bridge by guerrillas during the Spanish Civil War
- Bridges TV Cable TV station seeking to "bridge" Middle East and West.
- In Chinese and other East Asian ivory carvings the arch of the tusk with the central portion upward suggests naturally a bridge, and often a bridge is a central cultural element when a large sculpture is formed from a single tusk.
- Canaletto - various bridges in London and Venice, including the Rialto Bridge
- Hiroshige - various bridges in Japan, including several stations on the Tōkaidō road
- Hokusai - various bridges in Japan, including the color print series "Views of Famous Bridges and Views of Lu-chu Islands"
- Leonardo da Vinci - bridge in background in the Mona Lisa
- Monet - Waterloo Bridge, Westminster Bridge, and in his water lily paintings
- Pissarro - various bridges in Paris, including "le Pont Neuf"
- Turner - bridges in Venice, England and Scotland, including the famous "Rain, Steam, and Speed."
- Van Gogh - including "le Pont de la Grande Jatte" over the Seine
- Whistler - his Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket depicts fireworks over old Battersea Bridge, London
Homes to sculpture
Bridges are often used as locations for sculptures. Especially popular are animals such as lions, perhaps serving as guardians. Examples are the 485 carved stone lions of the Marco Polo Bridge in China, which was first constructed in 1192, and the four Centre Street Bridge lions of Calgary, which date to 1917.
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