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Crosses on the crossing. Prince Edward Viaduct - 1918, and the hotly debated suicide barrier! (2003)

Prince Edward Viaduct completed in 1918 is a bridge over Don Valley. Everybody calls it 'Bloor Viaduct'. Architect Edmund Burke displayed great foresight in designing the bridge by including a lower rail deck 50 years before the first subway rolled across it in 1966.

Since opening, over 400 people have jumped to their death from the Viaduct, leading to the addition of "The Luminous Veil", a suicide barrier composed of 9,000 stainless steel rods (Arch. Derek Revington - 2003). Waste of money ($5.5 million), if you ask me!! People are now committing suicide somewhere else. Unintentionally, on my photo this barrier resembles Christian crosses!

Luminous refers to lighting, which was designed to create an nice effect at night, but never installed, due to additional cost and projected power consumption.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on October 20, 2012
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    by tor tom
    • Camera: Panasonic DMC-ZS5
    • Taken on 2012/09/30 13:53:14
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/1000)
    • Focal Length: 8.50mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.500
    • ISO Speed: ISO80
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash