Photographer's Note

The Sydney Harbour Bridge – Viewed from South East Pylon

I suppose this world famous structure needs no real introduction. It is instantly recognizable, even from a lesser seen angle like this. A few quick facts about this giant steel structure:

• 503 metres long single-span
• 1,149 metres total length
• 49 metres width
• 139 metres tall
• Opened March 1932 during Great Depression(76 years old)
• 6 million rivets used during construction
• There are no curved steel components
• 16 deaths during construction, 2 from falls
• Pylons (my vantage) are made of granite and stand 89m tall
• Pylons are built separate to the bridge and never touch the main structure (used only for aesthetic balance)
• 800 homes demolished prior to construction
• 8 lanes of traffic, 2 rail and pedestrian walkways
• $3.00 toll traveling south bound
• One of only 3 large bridges in the world which offers guided tours to the top, the other two being the Auckland Harbour Bridge, and Brisbane’s Story Bridge.
• Is the centerpiece of the world’s greatest fireworks celebration, every NYE.
• Cost £10 million to build (twice initial estimates) – a cost which was not paid until 1988
• Continually being painted – an endless task
• 160, 000 cars cross every day

This view looks north from the SE Pylon towards North Sydney, Circular Quay and the Sydney Opera House is to my left. The workshop is the view of the city directly behind me. To access this point walk up from The Rocks precinct and up the stairs into the pylon to the observation deck; you have to pay a fee of a few dollars and can stay as long as you like.


P.S. The flags on top are at half mast, but I can not recall why. You don't see that very often.

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Additional Photos by Matthew Watt (Matthew-Watt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 973 W: 326 N: 1501] (5934)
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