Chelsea Bridge – Original Painting
About the Image:
Is there anything as devisive as a bridge? Or maybe they’re a means of joining two halves together. It’s not always possible to determine which since Bridges can be seen in two ways.
Bridges connect people or keep them apart. Looking at this Chelsea Bridge painting you see an impressive suspension bridge, built to last with broad footpaths and elegant supports. It connects the North bank with the South bank of the Thames. But there was once a time when crossing the bridge would take you into a different world than that found on the North side.
The Power station pumping out its noxious gases. The south bank was once the poorer end of town but with the increasing search for new homes and the development of old industrial buildings into luxury apartments, times are changing. Battersea is rapidly becoming an attractive alternative to the more desirable Chelsea address. So whilst it could once have been seen as a means to keep a rich elite apart from the unwashed masses? The lines are so blurred now it hardly matters.
With a large river passing through its centre London has to find a way of crossing it. Using Boats can be risky and require manning. A bridge is infinitely preferable, once constructed becomes like the land and therefore possible to travel without a licence or payment.
Many are required to cope with the volume of traffic both vehicular and pedestrian due to the width of the Thames and the vastness of London.
And being connected is a good thing. As any commuter trying to get to work or supplier delivering goods