Inauguration Of Calatrava Bridge To Be Focus Of Jerusalem Anniversary

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Inauguration of Calatrava Bridge to be Focus of Jerusalem Anniversary

JERUSALEM, June 24 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

    On June 25th, the city of Jerusalem will mark 40 years of reunification with a spectacular celebration and

public inauguration of the Jerusalem Light Rail Train Bridge designed by Santiago Calatrava. The bridge will

serve as a dramatic new entry point to the holy city, and will be the centerpiece of the city's light rail system. 

    Calatrava designed a cable-stayed bridge that accommodates within a light 

and transparent structure two light-rail tracks, a pedestrian walkway and a public plaza below. Its single

inclined pylon creates a clear visual direction 

towards the city. The cables are arranged in a parabolic shape which develops 

three-dimensionally in space, suggesting the shape of the harp of King David 

as a symbol of the holy city, inspiring city residents to call it the "Bridge 

of Strings."  

    "Bridges join places that were separated," stated Santiago Calatrava. "They are built for the sake of

progress and for the average citizen. They even have a religious dimension. The word 'religious' comes from

the Latin, 

meaning 'creating a link.' A bridge makes a lot of sense in a city like 


    The inauguration will be hosted by the Municipality of Jerusalem and will 

take place on June 25th starting at 6:00 pm. The evening will feature images 

of the bridge's construction and videos of Jerusalem projected on large 

outdoor screens, as well as music by the Jerusalem Symphonic Orchestra 

punctuated with synchronized fireworks, dancers, and children's choirs. As the 

bridge is slowly illuminated, emerging from the darkness of evening, it will 

be heralded by trumpets, harps and choirs. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Jerusalem Mayor Uri

Lupolianski will preside over the celebration. 


    Architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava has completed more than 29 

bridges in 13 countries since opening his practice in 1981. Most recently three bridges in Reggio Emilia,

Italy, were inaugurated in late 2007. The Quarto Ponte sul Canal Grande in Venice will be completed in late


Additional bridges are in design and construction in Dallas, Texas; Dublin, Ireland; and Valencia, Spain. 

    Other notable projects by Mr. Calatrava include the City of Arts and 

Sciences in his home city of Valencia, Spain (begun in 1991 and ongoing); Lyon-Saint Exupery Airport

Railway Station in France (completed 1994); Oriente 

Station in Lisbon, Portugal (1998); the Milwaukee Art Museum, Calatrava's first project in the U.S. (2001);

the Athens Olympic Sports Complex (2004); 

and Turning Torso Tower in Malmo, Sweden (2005). Buildings now in design and 

construction include the World Trade Center Transportation Hub in New York City; a new music center for

the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in Atlanta, 

Georgia; the Chicago Spire, which will be the tallest building in the Western 

Hemisphere; sports facilities and campus buildings for University of 

Maastricht, The Netherlands, and Roma II University in Tor Vergata, Italy; and 

the Liege Guillemins TGV Railway Station which will be completed later this year. 


SOURCE   Santiago Calatrava Inc. 


    CONTACT:  Tracy Levy of Santiago Calatrava Inc., 



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