wu jiao plaza
September 29, 2007, 3:35 am
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It’s never easy to make transportation infrastructure look good. In the United States, typical strategies include planting flowers within a rotary, erecting banal, noise-blocking barriers along freeways, and, in many urban areas, doing nothing at all. But at Wu Jiao Plaza in Shanghai’s Yangpu District, the artist Zhong Song created an installation that dynamically melds architecture with lighting. There are 5 roads leading to to the plaza an highway and a subwayline all within 3 different levels of infrastructure. To accomplish this task, the artist enveloped the 105-foot-wide overpass in an ovular steel frame clad with aluminum. Measuring 348 feet long, 157 feet wide, and 82 feet tall, it cloaks cars speeding along the overpass.