London's Millennium Bridge during lockdown
Millennium Bridge, London, UK
29 January 2021
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Nikon D850, Nikkor 16mm fisheye lens, 360Precision Adjuste pano head.
The name of the bridge is officially the ‘London Millennium Footbridge,’ but is known by Londoners as the Wobbly Bridge. That's because when it was first opened in June 2000 the movement of people walking over it caused alarming oscillating vibrations that got stronger and stronger. There were around 2000 people crossing at any moment when it was opened, and the rhythmic swaying made many people grab for the railings. It was closed two days later, given hydraulic dampening struts at either end (if you stand underneath at either end you can see them moving slightly) and reopened in early 2002... so it actually had two official openings.
If you happen to be in the middle of the bridge when St Paul’s chimes on the hour, you’ll hear the echo reflecting off the Tate Modern’s walls between each chime.