Functional art

Took a walk around Salford Quays last week, Imperial War Museum, The Lowry, Media City. There is a lot of interesting architecture around there, some of which I would call industrial art. Some of the designs are way beyond pure functionality, like this huge hoist. It is one of four hoists that lift up a bridge. I liked the way rigid angles are combined with sweeping curves and the whole thing pierces the skyline.

Salford Quays bridge hoist.

Angles and curves pierce the sky at Salford Quays.

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2 thoughts on “Functional art

  1. Your last sentence says it all – the sweeping curves and rigid lines provide the contrast and tension in this image. I had no idea what it was until I read ‘Hoist’. But actually the image stands on its own as an abstract.

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