For Sparky and myself, curiosity drives passion which in turn fuels our life's engine. Our passion was capturing the story of both unbuilding the Grace (1929 - 2007) and Pearman (1966 - 2007) Bridges and discovering the unbuilders. It takes a lot of passion to track a project from July 2005 until April 2007 - rain, shine, hurricanes or moving to Singapore. We discovered the joy of discovery learning. Ken Canty opened the front door for us - then Steve Testa, Ponch Billingsley and Mickey Rogers opened many side doors. Below are the highlights of what we discovered, who we met and what we learned.
And a reminder from T.S. Eliot (East Coker from the Four Quartets)
Home is where one starts from. As we grow older The world becomes stranger, the pattern more complicated Of dead and living. Not the intense moment Isolated, with no before and after, But a lifetime burning in every moment And not the lifetime of one man only But of old stones that cannot be deciphered.
Visiting Singapore (Graduate Medical School, Nanyang Technical University and the National University of Singapore) required a bit of jet-lag reversal. So off I walked, exploring building and unbuilding sites. The surprise was the number of pedestrian bridges over the Singapore River whose simplicity with varied structure was nothing short of elegant
The view from my hotel window - slightly blurred - just after I arrived at 2am
the Singapore central area by day,
the water front area and the Esplanade Bridge
Near the city center is Raffles Plaza and today, there was a Chinese dance show - as the Chinese New Year approaches (January 20, 2006)
and music that simply enchanted me
Calligraphy in the small
and calligraphy in the large
Preparations for Chinese New Year are everwhere and this guy is looking down on everything.
The pedestrian and vehicle bridges across the Singapore River were varied and their design added to Singapore's enchantment
The Cavenagh Bridge
As we were walking along the river, there suddenly appeared a group doing some sort of video or movie
and it was clear they were enjoying themselves
Further down was the Elgin Bridge
Then the Anderson Bridge
The Alkaff Bridge - a fun multi-colored structure
and a view from below
The Robertson Bridge near my hotel
and nice reflections with a bit of building in the background
Early morning from my hotel
to the left
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C. Frank Starmer