Portrait of the Bloor Street Viaduct
Damn, I walked all the way down the stairs from Castle Frank for this shot and it’s almost identical to the one on Wikipedia. Oh well, it was another gorgeous day and the walk home was good for 11,000 steps.
East and west subway trains run below the surface roadway and I am impressed that the builders planned to accommodate a subway that wouldn’t even exist until decades after the bridge opened to cars.
When I crossed the Prince Edward Viaduct [the official name] on foot, I got a closer look at the suicide prevention “sculpture” strung along both sides of the bridge.
It’s a curious structure because the most visible parts…the girders that angle out from the bridge, seem to have so little to do with supporting the curtain of vertical stainless steel rods that actually curtail jumping. I guess it IS a sculpture rather than a purely utilitarian fence. Danica sees rows of crucifixes. For me, the wire-like rods are reminiscent of those cheese and hard boiled egg slicer gizmos. Perhaps both interpretations were intended.