A Different Kind of Masterpiece

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder; Beauty is art. To celebrate beauty where ever we may find it. All that delights the senses, visual, auditory, taste, touch and be it natural, man made, culinary - eye candy in general and sensory delights.

Friday, October 02, 2009

 

Sand Art - Animated - Videos

http://www.sixwise.com/Newsletters/2009/October/01/Absolutely-Amazing-Animated-Sand-Art-Videos.htm?source=nl

Absolutely Amazing Animated Sand Art

This wonderful art form will take your breath away!
Many more sand paintings listed on link, plus at bottom of videos!


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Sunday, June 21, 2009

 

Sand Sculpture Festival, 2009, Portugal









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More Sand Sculpture may be found at:
http://a-different-kind-of-masterpiece.blogspot.com/2009/04/fantastic-sand-sculptures-more.html

http://a-different-kind-of-masterpiece.blogspot.com/2008/01/ss3.html

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

 

Norman Rockwell Paintings




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Friday, May 08, 2009

 

What Man Hath Wrought - Bridges

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Rainbow Bridge (Texas)
Rainbow Bridge on left; Veteran's Memorial Bridge on right.


Rainbow Bridge on right; Veterans Memorial Bridge on left.

Rainbow Bridge Marker
Westbound approach to Rainbow Bridge in Orange County, Texas. Veterans Memorial Bridge is on the left.
The Rainbow Bridge is a cantilever bridge crossing the Neches River in Southeast Texas just upstream from Sabine Lake. It allows State Highway 87 and State Highway 73 to connect Port Arthur in Jefferson County on the southwest bank of the river with Bridge City in Orange County on the northeast bank.

Construction on the bridge began in 1936 under the guidance of the Texas State Highway Department. Due to concerns by the upstream city of Beaumont about the bridge posing a threat to ship navigation, the Rainbow Bridge was built with a 680 foot (210 m) main span. In addition, it has a vertical clearance of 177 feet (54 m)[1], which was intended to allow the tallest ship in the US Navy, the USS Patoka, passage under the bridge.

The bridge was completed on September 8, 1938. The nearby town of Prairie View took on the name "Bridge City" in response. Initially named the Port Arthur-Orange Bridge, it received its current name in 1957. The bridge was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.

The USS Patoka never sailed the Neches River. The Rainbow Bridge remains the highest bridge in Texas [2].
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Veterans Memorial Bridge (Texas)
Veteran's Memorial Bridge (foreground). Rainbow Bridge (background)


Veterans Memorial Bridge

In 1988, construction began on the Veterans Memorial Bridge, the first cable-stayed bridge built in Texas since 1890. This bridge runs parallel to the Rainbow Bridge, and was dedicated on September 8, 1990. With a vertical clearance of 143 feet (43.5 m), the bridge is somewhat shorter than its neighbor [3].

After the completion of the Veterans Memorial Bridge, the Rainbow Bridge was closed for renovations. On its re-opening in 1997[citation needed], the Rainbow Bridge became one way, handling southbound traffic only. The Veterans Memorial Bridge serves northbound traffic [4].
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Fred Hartman Bridge - Baytown/La Porte Texas

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Fred Hartman Bridge. Official name Fred Hartman Bridge. Carries 8 general purpose lanes
Crosses Houston Ship Channel. Locale south of Baytown, Texas and north of La Porte, Texas
Maintained by Texas Department of Transportation. Design fan arranged cable-stayed bridge.
Longest span 381 meters (1,250 feet). Total length approximately 4 kilometers (2.5 miles)
Width 24 meters (78 feet). Vertical clearance 80.6 meters (262 feet). Clearance below 54.8 meters (178 feet).
Opening date 1995

The Fred Hartman Bridge or Baytown Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge in the U.S. state of Texas.[1] It spans the Houston Ship Channel and carries State Highway 146 between the cities of Baytown, Texas and La Porte, Texas[1] [2] (east of Houston).

The bridge, named for Fred Hartman (1908-1991), the editor and publisher of the Baytown Sun from 1950 to 1974, is the longest cable-stayed bridge in Texas, and one of only two such bridges in the state, the other being the Veterans Memorial Bridge in Orange County, Texas. The construction cost of the bridge was $117.5 million.

The bridge replaced the Baytown Tunnel (of depth clearance 40 feet (12.2 m)),[3] which had to be removed when the Houston Ship Channel was deepened to 45 feet (13.7 m), with a minimum 530 feet (161.5 m) bottom width, to accommodate larger ships. The last section of the Baytown Tunnel was removed from the Houston Ship Channel on September 14, 1999, with removal of the tunnel being the responsibility of the Texas Department of Transportation.[3]

The bridge has had trouble in the past when water streaming down the cables in light rain changed the wind profile of the cables, causing unexpected vibrations.[4]
Fred Hartman Bridge

The footstep imprints were placed by Williams Brothers employees who poured concrete for the bridge deck. They poured a record 1 million square feet of concrete for this bridge deck.


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Sunday, April 26, 2009

 

Chain Saw Sculptures




































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