Numbers and Puddles: Ken Maunder Park Bridge
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The Ken Maunder Park Footbridge connects Kelston and New Lynn, crossing a tidal estuary that is a tributary to the Whau river. This is a relatively new replacement of an older bridge, and I had not visited it until a couple of weeks ago. The pavement is littered with numbers — just what I needed for August Theme Day!
I found it intriguing that a wavy pattern emerges on the surface if one is at some distance, but this is not noticeable when one looks up close.
There is an interesting Flickr page about the background of the design, I reproduce the words of the designers (The Letter Q):
“The brief for the project stipulated that’s the sports from local playing fields and clubs be expressed in the work.
The starting point was to look at the various scores from the club points tables and the fields of numbers which express and measure sporting performance.
Numerals were then used to generate a sequence of running shapes. The sequence shows several phases of movement on one surface and can be followed from one end of the bridge to the other.
The sequence takes inspiration from early photographic studies capturing the structure of bodily motion. ”
The material used for the surface is a ‘bendable concrete’ called Flexus™, and they have some more documentation regarding the bridge on their website.
Some history of the Ken Maunder Park by Phil Hanson can be found on the Timespanner’s blog.
Littered with Numbers: Ken Maunder Park Bridge
Wavy Patterns: Ken Maunder Park Bridge