- MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA -
This modern pedestrian bridge on the Yarra River was modelled after an Aboriginal fish trap.
Melbourne has many bridges that cross the Yarra River, ranging from the West Gate Bridge to the many bridges that take pedestrians, motor vehicles, and trains from one side of the city to the other. The Webb Bridge is one of the most eye-catching and striking modern designs. It has won many awards in recognition of its unique composition.
It was designed by Denton Corker Marshall, an international architecture firm, along with famous Australian artist Robert Owen. The shape of the bridge pays tribute to the Aboriginal history of the land and is modeled on a traditional Koorie fishing trap, used to catch eels. This tribute to indigenous history is a well-used structure and provides a connection over the Yarra River between the areas of Docklands and Southbank.
The bridge lights up during the evenings and provides a great viewpoint for the expanding central area of Melbourne City. Visitors can look out towards the mouth of the river and get a sense of tranquility away from the bustling city that lies on the other side.
Clancy's comment: This is the capital of my state. Although modern, this bridge is not as appealing as some of the other older bridges in Melbourne.