Wednesday, July 09, 2008

I Love Cranes

Okay, I'll admit it's an odd thing, but I truly love cranes. In fact I love cityscapes far more than any pretty countryside lake or forest or quaint little cottage. Give me smokestacks and mobile masts anyday, rather than winding roads and pungent animals.

But it's cranes that really grab me. We lived on Pearse Street in Dublin for a time and one thing I remember most about it was the side window in our sitting room. I would stand at the window looking out across the city's docks admiring the cranes. One day I counted over 40 cranes in my eyeline, without straining to look around too much. THey are truly incredible structures, considering they are just temporary.

One of the most impressive cranes I saw was the one they used when erecting the Spire on O'Connell Street. The crane itself towered above the Spire. I was mesmerised by it and although I walked passed it a few times each day (at the time I worked and lived just off O'Connell Street), I never tired of it.

Courtesy of the Reciprocal Crap Exchange, I see that the largest crane in the world has just been dismantled. Built in Sweden and then moved to South Korea to be used for bridge building, the Gantry crane has been a landmark in both Sweden and Ulsan, South Korea. Look at these pictures and tell me you're not amazed:



42 comments:

  1. Yay - a mate at last! I love cranes as well. I prefer the single tower ones to the Kockums' gigantic mega monsters.

    Ever since I was a kid I've been wanting to see one of them being erracted. One day they're just there. Tall and towering. It's like magic.

    We've got a stationary crane in Stockholm. It's painted like a giraffe. Not very well done, but fun. Will go out there and take a picture of it.

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  4. Anyway, yes Darren, cranes and all large industrial art installations like this float my boat. Harland And Woolf when you're heading through Belfast in the dark on the way to a gig in the Odyssey is a fearsome sight.

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  5. @Pietro Are you giving us some cranes to play with? I'm in!!!

    @SL Someday, I will ascend a crane. It's honestly an ambition of mine. I think I'll be planning a Belfast trip shortly too.

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  6. As I am a southsider and my BF is a northsider I get a great view of the cranes in Dublin bay as I drive ver the East link several times a week, I like that! Pietro I would be interested in X-Ray glasses if you have any????

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  7. I have to agree with Milan on this one, you are a weirdo.

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  12. I did not think it was that odd to think of cranes as beautiful. Growing up in Rotterdam they were everywhere. Since travelling a lot the last years, people kept on asking me why I was taking pictures of cranes. I reaized not everyone thought of them as picture material, like a landscape of flowers.

    Since being a kid I have been drawing cranes and I get never tired of it. Towering meters into the hights of the sky, perfectly contrasting with a cloudy background. Now I live in Barcelona and there is a building on the shore surrounded by a group of beautiful cranes, like a bevy of elegant heron birds!

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