There is something interesting about big structures. The sculptor Claes Oldenburg took common objects like clothespins and made them hundreds of times their normal size in order to see them anew. Perhaps something like that takes place when we view a really big bridge.
John Ruskin, the 19th century art critic wrote about how landscape art creates an intense aesthetic experience because familiar details are transformed when seen at a distance and because the object is changed by the distorting effect of the the atmosphere.
These are just my first thoughts on the pleasures of looking at big bridges and other structures. I'd like to hear what you think!
Honshu-Shikoku Bridges: Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge (3) by Mark Yashinsky is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.