It is one thing to have an inspired idea, another to realise it. Collaborations between artists and architects can produce fascinating results and this is the case of the Webb bridge in Melbourne
This bridge is the last pedestrian passage that connect South Wharf, famous for the bars and the outlet, with the Docklands area
Sculptor Robert Owen, a distinguished Melbourne artist, imagined the bridge as a Koori eel trap and he developed the design with Architects Denton Corker Marshall. In the design sequence, Owen’s idea for an eel-trap shape lattice that enclose the bridge was given to the engineers Arup (who were responsible many years ago for the Sydney Opera House, although not its architecture).
Arup developed the cage shaped structure so that it represents the artist’s idea. At the same time it should have been affordable and buildable. It was built in Geelong, a town around 75km from Melbourne, and shipped here already erected. It was then placed in just few hours.
So why the name Webb Bridge? Because the remaining sections of the Webb Dock Rail Bridge was used to link the Docklands on the north-side to the new residential developments, on the south-side.
The bridge comprises two distinct paths for the cyclists and the pedestrians although these may not be that clear, so pay attention if you are already inside it.
The big tip here is to come back after dusk. It is with the dark that the Webb Bridge shines. The design of the lighting is a piece of art on its own. The awesome and experience usage of led lights along the structures is a real beautification of an already impressive structure, or should I call it piece of art?
The main picture on top was instead taken from the big bridge facing the Webb. You just have to walk around and you will have definitely a different viewpoint.