ARCH OF TRIUMPH: Santiago Calatrava visited Dallas last week for fetes and fireworks celebrating the architect’s $182 million bridge from downtown over the Trinity River to west Dallas. A sold-out crowd of 2,000 strolled the bridge Friday night for cocktails, canapes and a performance by Lyle Lovett and His Large Band. “This is honestly the first time we’ve played in a bridge,” Lovett said. Named for the late Margaret Hunt Hill by her oil-rich descendants, the 400-foot white arc and fan of cables is a striking addition to the city’s western skyline, though the bridge won’t open for traffic until month’s end. It’s been derided as a “bridge to nowhere” and facsimile of a Calatrava bridge in Italy, but the MHH bridge spurred a land grab on the west side of the flood plain and hopes for economic development in the blighted area. It also led to a sister city accord between Dallas and Calatrava’s native Valencia, Spain. Last week, Valencian couturier Marta de Diego and fine jeweler Vincente Gracia held a trunk show in hopes of developing business here. Gracia, whose pieces are all unique and symbolic, currently sells in the U.S. only at Barneys New York.
Santiago Calatrava and Company Fete Dallas Bridge
A sold-out crowd of 2,000 strolled the bridge Friday night for cocktails, canapes and a performance by Lyle Lovett and His Large Band.
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