At the Lighting of the Calatrava Bridge, That "Elegant Sculpture" and "Connection in Time"
|Photos by Justin Terveen|
And then came the countdown, after which Mayor Rawlings threw the switch ... and then we waited, and waited a little longer, for the lights to warm up.
Mary Suhm, the city manager, found a place on the Continental bridge to take a few of her own photos before heading off to give a speech in Northwest Dallas later in the evening. Council members and West Dallas residents posed for their own photos; the bridge at night does make a great prop. And city officials spoke of having "faith" and being "optimistic" about the potential for development on both sides of the bridge, especially near the Continental Avenue pedestrian park and West Dallas Gateway, which will begin to take shape almost the moment the Calatrava opens the first weekend in March. Said one, "But if we don't do anything, there won't be anything. The risk will be worth the reward."
The bridge was fully illuminated by 6:15; it will be all white this time and just white, not blue or red or any other color. Santiago Calatrava, so the story goes, was deeply offended when city officials bathed the bridge in blue last February. Some 15 minutes after the ceremony, all the dignitaries were gone, leaving behind spectators and news trucks parked along Beckley and Continental, where traffic was slow and heavy. And for a very long time, people stood on one bridge and stared at the other.
|A brass band performed during the bridge-lighting, leading one spectator to observe: "Sounds like Christmas."|