The Pont des Arts and The Institut de France in Paris (France, 2020)
SONY FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
28mm ƒ/22 30s ISO 50
6000 x 4000 px / 300 dpi
The Pont des Arts or Passerelle des Arts is a pedestrian bridge in Paris which crosses the River Seine. It links the Institut de France and the central square (cour carrée) of the Palais du Louvre.
Between 1802 and 1804, under the reign of Napoleon, a nine-arch metallic bridge for pedestrians was constructed at the location of the present day Pont des Arts: this was the first metal bridge in Paris. In 1976, the Inspector of Bridges and Causeways (Ponts et Chaussées) reported several deficiencies on the bridge, noting in particular the damage caused by two aerial bombardments sustained during World War I and World War II.
The present bridge was built between 1981 and 1984 “identically” according to the plans of Louis Arretche, who had decided to reduce the number of arches from nine to seven
Also, the Institut de France, linked by the said bridge, is a French learned society, grouping five académies: Académie française (French Academy), Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres (Academy of Humanities), Académie des sciences (Academy of Sciences), Académie des beaux-arts (Academy of Fine Arts), Académie des sciences morales et politiques (Academy of Moral and Political Sciences).