Today I'm back in Strathcona Park where I left off a couple of days ago. I mentioned this bridge, spanning the Rideau River and linking Sandy Hill on this side over to the Vanier and Overbrook neighbourhoods beyond. There was a seasonal footbridge here for years, but washed away in 1952 and never replaced. In 2015 a new pedestrian bridge was opened up here. It is called the Adawe Crossing Bridge. Adawe is an Algonquin word meaning trade, and giving the bridge that name is a nod to the First Nations heritage of the area.
Saturday, April 3, 2021
A Graceful Bridge Over Cold Waters
The river here is apparently shallow enough to be forded, but the bridge now means that's no longer needed. It's 125 metres long, and has two spheres added as an art installation.
Here we have the west entrance.
A view downstream, with some of the ice break up.
Ducks could be seen around the river.
The art installation is called A View From Two Sides, by Kenneth Emig. Consisting of two spheres suspended from either side of the bridge, it adds a visual element to things with the reflective surfaces at eye level. Irresistible for the photographer.
Here we have the one on the side facing upstream.
From mid way on the bridge, views looking downstream.
Another view looking westward. I had seen this bridge before on visits to Strathcona Park, but this was my first time on it.
The park is over there.
Another view as I was heading back, this including one of the spheres, with Vanier in the background.