In a recent post about why I like old buildings, I remarked how much I enjoy the extra flourish and decorative detail that went into even utilitarian objects in the past. Maybe utilitarian objects weren’t viewed as such then. Maybe there more of an awareness that the built environment has an affect on the character and inspiration of the populace.
I offer this bridge as evidence. Look at those wonderfully curvy railings! Compare that to any railing you see on a modern bridge, highway, or train platform. (This rail reminds me of the deliriously detailed one I posted from the Fisher Fine Arts Library at the University of Pennsylvania.)
(Took this photograph on the way home from a Phillies game a season or two ago, and offer it as a tribute to their recent adventure in the World Series.)