Facts about the image, Singapore – Double Helix Bridge
This image of the Singapore – Double Helix Bridge was shot approximately one hour after after sunrise from a small walkway linking it to the Marina Bay Bridge in the new Marina Bay District of Singapore. The vantage point was deliberately selected to show off the detail in the steel structure of this bridge, the first with a double helix structure anywhere in the world. This bridge links Marina Bay Sands with the waterfront near to the floating platform which is used for all Singapore’s major celebrations such as National Day and Chinese New Year, it enables people to circumnavigate the Marina on foot thereby connecting Marina Bay Sands, The Esplanade, The Merlion and Customs House. The blocks in the background are the “petals” of the Singapore Art-Science Museum which has been crafted by it’s architect to resemble and opening Lotus Lilly.
Shot using the large format camera even the hexagonal impressions in the bolt heads can be clearly seen when sufficiently enlarged, this bridge is an absolute marvel of modern engineering, every piece of steel in the main structure is curved to form the two helixes that run at the same level below the bridge but one above the other above it, the whole bridge is also curved in both the horizontal and vertical planes making it truly awe-inspiring, only the slender steel members spanning between the two helixes are straight.