Jacobs Ladder Bridge is a covered footbridge over State Highway 1 in Auckland, New Zealand. Officially opened on the 15th of December 2012 after a delay with cracks appearing in the panels. The bridge connects Westhaven Marina to the Jacob’s Ladder stairs leading up to the Saint Marys Bay suburb. The bridge is 102m long, 3.7m wide, and 6.2m above the motorway. The bridge cost $7.9 million and is clad in a golden-coloured mesh network reminiscent of Maori fishing nets or fish traps, developed by artist Lisa Reihana.
The Design Statement by the architects Warren and Mahoney states “Te To Bridge is conceived as a metaphorical Waka landed on Auckland’s historical foreshore, enabling a connection from the land to sea. The technology employed, its low profile and large scale; the texture and details; the tukutuku pattern and dawn colours demonstrate the care with which this bridge has been designed and built – reminiscent of the importance and craftsmanship of Waka and boat-building, both historically and today.”
It is also described as the gateway to Auckland from the north. So thinking it worthy of capturing, one evening I spent an hour or so photographing the bridge as the sunset. More of the pictures I took are here.