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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Nihilism (King Street) Bridge in London Ontario is Open Again!

Writing about this bridge the other day made me want to go see if it was open yet, and it is! You would have to live here to get it, but that little walking bridge being closed was really quite a pain in the ass for a great many people. Now it is finally back and it is better than ever.

It used to be two narrow wooden walkways that made villains out of cyclists that didn't dismount and walk. I was one of them, although most times I wouldn't even try to pass any pedestrians and ride at walking speed. Here's some video of the old bridge, when it was used to make impromptu music...




Then a cocoon was made for it...




So it could emerge sometime recently as something better. A new, wide bridge with all the charm of the old one and then some...

Still wooden, still stick-music ready and nice and wide. It was worth the wait. To all those who worked on it, from planning to execution, thank you. It is great.

Yer Pal,

R A N T W I C K

4 comments:

Steve A said...

But did the paint dwarves let the "nihilism" shine through or will the community have to restore the grafito?

John Romeo Alpha said...

It emerges from its cocoon, tentative at first, drying its wings in the morning sun. Eventually, though, its colors emerge, its wings spread wide, and it flies. Fly, nihilism bridge, fly! Spread your musical railings and soar!

RANTWICK said...

Steve - Grafito restoration will be left to the community, I would think, as it should be. I can only hope that anything new is a good read.

JRA - You are awesome.

Apertome said...

We have a somewhat similar bridge here in town. Unlike this one, which appears to actually be useful for going places, ours is a bridge over a creek for a bike path that goes nowhere.

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