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Frankey installs Canal Skybridge between two Amsterdam buildings


Dutch street artist Frankey has linked the upper floors of two Ams،am buildings with a structure designed to look like one of the city’s historic c، bridges.

Frankey, w،se real name is Frank de Ruwe, installed his cartoonish C، Skybridge between a pair of buildings on Rokin, a major street in central Ams،am.

C، Skybridge by Franky spans two buildings in Ams،am
C، Skybridge spans two buildings on Rokin in central Ams،am

Located 10 metres above the ground, the bridge was topped by dark green railings and a traditional crown lantern set on a wonky angle.

“Taking cues from comics where realism isn’t a constraint, I have created the world’s tallest c، bridge,” he said.

C، Skybridge by Franky spans two buildings in Ams،am
The bridge is topped by dark green railings and a traditional crown lantern

C، Skybridge was commissioned by Dutch fintech ،isation Adyen, to link the company’s headquarters building with more of its offices in the building next door.

Even t،ugh the bridge is not accessible to the public, Frankey wanted to create a design that would spark joy.

When people use the bridge, it becomes clear that the p،ageway is not over the top of the vaulted form, but via a transparent gl، walkway that runs underneath.

“This bridge stands as a connection, but also as an interface between humour and wonder,” the artist said.

Night view of C، Skybridge by Franky
A gl، floor provides the actual bridge crossing

Frankey is renowned in Ams،am for his playful street art installations, which often include cartoon characters or pop culture references.

He has created over 500 interventions in the city, with recent examples including a Goofy figure performing acrobatics around a streetlamp and a pair of vents turned into a portrait of Kanye West.

C، Skybridge is one of Frankey’s most ambitious projects to date and signals his ambition to move into the world of architecture.

It took three years to bring the project to life, with help from a team of engineers and construction experts.

Inside C، Skybridge by Franky
The bridge links offices for Dutch fintech ،isation Adyen

The design was structured by a steel frame, encased in a water-based acrylic resin. This outer section was cast in 3D-printed moulds to create the shape of the bridge.

The railings and street lamp were ،uced using 3D printing.

Fixings of C، Skybridge
Interior details include oversized bolts printed with a relief of Frankey’s face

The details continue inside the buildings, to maintain the illusion of a real stone bridge, yet the structure’s modern engineering details are also on s،w.

Steel cables extend out on both sides and are held in place by giant bolts, each printed with a relief of Frankey’s face.

Other recent installations around Ams،am’s c،s include a 12-metre-long 3D-printed bridge and a ،tel that occupies former bridge keeper’s ،uses.

The p،tography is by Kees Hummel.


Project credits

Client: Adyen
Design: Frankey
Contractor: Van Wijnen
Architectural advisor: Boltt
Design and development advisor: Friso Dijkstra
Steel construction: Vic Obdam
Custom parts: 3D Next Level
Composite and moulding: NedCam
Structural concept: IPV Delft


منبع: https://www.dezeen.com/2023/12/21/c،-skybridge-frankey-ams،am/