The trouble with truss bridges--with all their girders and criss-crossing stays and struts--is that they have never been at ease with conventional ideas of the beautiful. They cannot be seen as aspiring. They may exhibit their workings to the world, but the world seldom wishes to know. Unfair really. Many sturdy girder bridges that carry, say, a railways over a river have the appeal of a well-developed scaffolder, whose bared and suntanned torso reveals the muscles that enable him to do his job.
Saturday, March 08, 2008
TLS February 22 2008
from Fergus Allen's review "The muscular beauty of girders" of Richard L. Cleary's Bridges: