Then to the Tate Modern, which lies along
the Thames. It had all the usual things that
modern art museums have. A bit of Picasso, some Klee,
the odd Mondrian or two, some elaborate welded machines
of bizarre but undefined function, fluorescent lighting
tubes piercing futon mattresses, rooms full of precise
and gratuitous mathematically-oriented scribblings... in other
words, all my favorite things.
The Millennium Bridge was built as the only
pedestrian-only bridge across the Thames ever built.
Unfortunately, it proved to be quite wobbly when it opened.
Something about its resonant frequency being close to
that of humans walking (often associated with
pedestrians, as it turns out). And once started, people,
apparently, naturally fell into lockstep with each other,
exacerbating the problem.
I know what you're thinking: "This wouldn't be a problem
if it was a bicycle only bridge, now would it?"
Well, instead, they reinforced it a bit, and it recently
reopened. My UK coworkers were terrified that I'd walked
across it. I guess they saw the wobbling pictures. I didn't.