Friday, April 14, 2006

The Falkirk Wheel

We just got back from visiting the Falkirk Wheel (and a few other sights to the west of Edinburgh) with some family members who are visiting. I was blown away by the wheel, which we saw, as you can see on the left, on a beautiful blustery but bright day. I'd read about it, and even seen pictures, but nothing could prepare me for the scale and impressive nature of this unique boat lift, which replaces 11 locks between the Forth/Clyde canal and the Union canal which took half a day to navigate, with a fifteen minute trip through the air. The engineering is impressive, but I'm not necessarily the person to appreciate that. However, the linking of the engineering to a clean and simple aesthetic design is what really strikes the eye. Also, where a short aqueduct has been built out into the air to carry the Union canal, the simplicity of a concrete structure has been combined with semi-circles of concrete which in turn reflect the circles which hold the bits of canal level as they sweep through the sky.

Anyway, anything I can say does not give a full verbal impression of the visual experience. I can only call upon everyone who hasn't done yet to go visit it!



Blogger BondBloke said...

I notice no attribution of the pic which was courtesy of BondBloke!

Friday, April 14, 2006  
Blogger Cliff said...

It's very impressive. I have been to falkirk but somehow omitted to visit this wonderful mecano set. I was probably afraid of bumping into your man with the red crayon :-) Always had a fascination for canals and paraphenalia,must be the slow pace,very calming,so good move on your part to take BB there today I'd say :-) Enjoy the rest of the weekend

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Friday, April 14, 2006  
Blogger web_loafer said...

Amazing what one stumbles into on Blog Explosion. This is designing outside of the box.

Saturday, April 22, 2006  

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