Thursday, 16 September 2004
The Spirit Of Brunel And Telford
CREDIT: © NAME/SeagullTrust.org.ok
WHERE: Falkirk, Scotland. WHAT: unique rotary boat lift.
MAP: Falkirk. Thumbnail pops-up source page with picture series.
Details are important, but only when they substantiate the greater whole. If we do not take care, our lives will be frittered away by details. To be purposeful we need grand designs, writ large on the canvas with bold brushstrokes.
The Seagull Trust knows about such things: "Free Canal Cruising in Scotland for Disabled People". It sounds almost like a rallying cry to spur on the troops. They also know how to present information with the same simplicity and force: when we went looking for details of the Falkirk Wheel we found them on the Seagull Trust site, all neatly summarized in a single page with a few pictures and some paragraphs of text.
The Wheel is the world's first, and so far only, rotating boat lift. In a single massive yet elegant machine, a job that might otherwise require a flight of eleven locks is undertaken by a structural engineering triumph possessed of extraordinary sculptural beauty. The spirit that drove Brunel and Telford has triumphed in an age when bold proposals are usually emasculated in the Byzantine contortions of myopic committees.
Those among our visitors who wish to fritter their lives away on the details may want to visit the official Falkirk Wheel web site, and James Gentles has archived an exhaustive set of links to the development and completion of the project, which includes a photo highlights gallery. The details are delightful!
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)