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Near the Modern Art Museum of Strasbourg, I was surprised by how a simple low-angled light on a bridge could create a real abstract painting.

One of the arches of the barrage Vauban.
The construction of the barrage began in 1686, five years after the conquest of Strasbourg by Louis XIV.
Faced with the progress of artillery and combat techniques, the covered bridges no longer defend the south of the city. It was therefore decided to build a new building capable of facing with new constraints of modern war.
Known as "the big lock", the barrage was supposed to, in case of attack, raise the level of the Ill river by closing the valves by obstruction of its arches, and flood all the land located on the south of the city, and make them impassable by the enemy.
Consisting mainly of fields and orchards, these areas, once flooded, became real swamps where enemy troops supposed to sink.

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Additional Photos by Karine Zilbermann (KLB) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 946 N: 3826] (23723)
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