Photo: Jason Mier on Flickr.
Many centuries ago, bridges served many purposes.
Aside from getting you over water, it was common for medieval bridges to have chapels and shops built over them, and many were fortified with towers and ramparts because bridges served important entry points to the cities.
The Ponte Vecchio or the “Old Bridge” over the Arno River, in Florence, Italy, is a medieval stone bridge noted for still having shops built along it.
The first bridge over the Arno River was probably built by the Romans in stone and wood and is mentioned in a document that dates from 996.
The bridge was swept away in a flood in 1117 and was rebuilt in stone only to be destroyed again by another flood in 1333, save for its two central piers.
Consequently, the bridge was rebuilt again, twelve years later, designed by the Italian painter and architect Giotto’s most talented pupil Taddeo Gaddi, who was a painter and architect in his own right.
Photographed by Janette Cassidy · · From Pic of the Week
A first-hand look at some of the work the Rural Fire Service do for the community this week.
We joined the team for an organised burn. Darrin, or Dazza as he prefers, has been a volunteer for countless organisations over the years but now prioritises his time as First Officer at the Burnett Heads Rural Fire Service.
This photo is for the Humans of Bundaberg Project.
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The 19th-century market building in London’s Covent Garden was transformed.
French artist Charles Pétillon used twenty-five workers over five days to fill the building with 100,000 giant white balloons in an installation called “heartbeat.”
The project is part of “The balloon invasions I create are metaphors,” Pétillon told Design Boom.
“Their goal is to change the way in which we see the things we live alongside each day without really noticing them. with ‘heartbeat’ I want to represent the market building as the beating heart of this area – connecting its past with the present day to allow visitors to re-examine its role at the heart of London’s life.
Read and see more via Artist Floats 100,000 Balloons Inside London’s Covent Garden Market | Bored Panda
Top Photo: Lady wheeling her Blitz Proof Pram in London, 1940.
Second Photo: Ladies having the length of their swim tunics checked during the 1920s in the U.S.
Third Photo: Young lady with her dolly after a Blitz raid London, 1940.
Final Photo: A lady who actually survived going over Niagara Falls in that Barrel.