The white Bridge of Strings dangles by the entrance to Jerusalem in the shape of an off-kilter harp, to represent the harp of King David. This new addition to the city, which cost billions of shekels and was designed by a world-famous architect, has generated controversy on a number of fronts: for its astronomical budget, appropriateness to its surroundings, and for the equally controversial light rail project that is associated with it.
The Story Behind the Bridge of Strings
The Bridge of Strings is undeniably a work of art, designed by the renowned architect Santiago Calatrava, who has designed bridges in great cities in the world, including Venice. The 119 meter-high mast, supported by 66 steel cables, is currently the tallest structure in Jerusalem. In this capacity, the bridge has fulfilled one of the goals for which it was built: to add a singularly spectacular element to the Jerusalem city skyline. Visitors arriving in Jerusalem from the Tel Aviv airport are greeted by the sight of the bridge immediately upon entering the city.
The Bridge of Strings was inaugurated amid a gala celebration that included famous singers, a dance troupe, fireworks, and gorgeous illumination of the bridge against the night sky.
The bridge is currently not in use, as it is planned on being part of the route of the Jerusalem Light Rail system, which is now in the process of being built.