Monday, 16 November 2009

It's how you look at things

Unforeseen design problems on one of London's bridges ... or was it?

I'm checking out Blackfriars Bridge toot sweet. They hang mobsters there. Does that make this a well hung bridge?

Thanks to Claire for this. (Trust you. Arf!) How's that for a superior architectural nob gag?

UPDATE: I should have realised that this motif should be adorning (Prince) ALBERT Bridge. Har, har!


splinteredsunrise said...

Well, it certainly looks like someone involved in building the bridge had some kind of genital fixation... You just reminded me of this story about the famous statue of Neptune in Bologna:

Then they point to a statue of Neptune, which had its penis shrunk in the 16th century, they claim, after complaints from a convent overlooking the square. The sculptor avenged himself by altering Neptune's finger so that, seen from behind, "it looks like, well, a huge penis".

Perhaps the sculptor was an ancestor of whoever designed the bridge.

Paul said...

Very droll an amusing post.

D.B. said...

On a rare, fleeting, one-day trip to the nation's capital last month, I noticed this! There I was wandering around with my camera in the glorious Autumn sunshine, trying to get a good vantage point to look at the Houses of Parliament, and suddenly I couldn't help but notice this strange phallic pattern on the pavement ... strangely enough, at first I thought it had been painted onto the ground: cock grafitti en masse

Madam Miaow said...

DB, don't tell me you didn't take a photo of it. That would have given the folks back home a new angle on us degenerate Londoners and pepped up your holiday snaps somewhat.

Next time ... I expect we'll start to build a nice little collection of these pix.

Splinty, just goes to show you can't keep a good nob gag down. See, Paul likes 'em.

VenerableSage said...

No wonder John Barrowman can't walk across that bridge on a sunny day without bursting into uncontrollable laughter.

Who sez architects got no senzayuma?

I mean, like, WHO?

claude said...

Best bridge in the world

Helen Highwater said...

There's a square in Birmingham which is designed as a kind of paen to fertility. It has nine large globes which signify the 9 months of pregnancy, and then in the railings and the benches a subtle pattern of sperm. Unfortunately, once you see the sperm, you can never un-see them.

(Pic of one of the benches...)

Madam Miaow said...

That is amazing, Helen. An Edward Lutyens seat with a sperm motif. I want one!