The Samuel Beckett bridge

Samuel Beckett Bridge opened in Dublin


The Samuel Beckett bridge

The Samuel Beckett Bridge, named in honor one of of Ireland's literary giants, was officially opened in Dublin on Thursday.

The bridge connects the north and south sides of Dublin, from Guild Street to Sir John Rogersons Quay, and is 120 meters long.

It was designed by Santiago Calatrava, the Spanish architect who was also commissioned by Dublin City Council to design the James Joyce Bridge, which was opened in 2003.

"My deepest source of pride is in the knowledge that my work will bear the names of two of the world's greatest literary talents," said the architect, who also designed the transport hub at the World Trade Center in New York City.

"Samuel Beckett and James Joyce hold great significance to the history and culture of Dublin. As authors they sought to inspire their readers and encourage them to express their own creative freedom. It is my hope that both the Samuel Beckett and James Joyce Bridges evoke the spirit of these iconic artists.”

It is hoped that that the bridge will help the traffic flow in the city, and the bridge is also able to move 90 degrees horizontally, which means ships will be able pass on the river Liffey.

The Beckett Bridge is shaped like a harp, with the bridge’s cables looking like strings in the design.


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