Shanghai blue highway tangle
A stretch of highway in central Shanghai is transformed at night with the addition of dark blue lights that underlight the concrete structure to a dramatic effect. The purple in the photos is an effect of the mix of light sources. The noise of motors and constant honking from all sides was deafening, and the air was barely breathable, otherwise we would have stayed much longer. The effect was quite magical, these photos are essentially unretouched.
Buildings in the distance disappearing into the smog and mist from the approaching rainstorm. It poured all night that night and several hours the next day.
Blue highway and buildings trimmed with lights.
View from inside the cab, looking forward. The blur on the left is from the plexiglass and steel enclosure around the driver. Uncomfortable for passing money, but safer for the driver when 8 people cram into the small car…
Stopped an an intersection. A passenger in the taxi next to mine is checking me out as I hang out the window to get this angle.
Stopped at an intersection. Pedestrian walkways are sandwiched between the ground roadway and the first level of raised highway.
Network of pedestrian walkways between car levels.
Cars stretched to lights on an onramp.
Shanghai blue highway with the distinct “crown” building visible from many central Shanghai locations.
The structures themselves are pretty barebones and not much to look at during the day. The wonder a bit of coloured lights creates.
Traffic control tower between lanes of traffic, under lanes of traffic. This is actually not a true highway by Shanghai standards, it is quite narrow. Many “regular” roads boast several lanes each way.
Shanghai blue highway highway announcements in kanji.
Marc on one of the elevated pedestrian walkways, capturing the effect also on the iPad, we just couldn’t get enought.
The mundane made magical with colour.
That “white” strip of light on the right edge of the overpass is responsible for all the blue light. I believe it must be LED lights, so much effect with so little.
Dedicated to Paul Blackmore and his University of Waterloo, School of Architecture thesis work from 1996, an ode to highway overpasses, modern architecture, and slick cars. Dream on, brother, it’s the only way we’ll ever have flying cars and the vacations on the moon.
Photos taken 5 October 2013.