When I first saw renderings of the two proposed I-395 bridges in the Herald, I was astounded at the choice being made. At first glance, one of them looked to me like a huge ugly spider and the other design was simple and beautiful.
In Ken Russell’s May 25 Open Mic column in the Miami Herald, “Don’t politicize bridge design,” he clearly indicates he is pushing for the spider. He states “We want to know why millions are spent on aesthetics when our urgency is function over form.”
Why can’t we have function and form? The bridge will be right next to the Arsht Performing Arts Center, the Perez Art Museum, and the aesthetic architecture of the Frost Science Museum. The next new structure should emulate its beautiful surroundings. Let’s have the bridge with the two graceful dancers and not the spider.