The New Look of Manila’s Jones Bridge
Last November 19, 2021, the newly reconstructed Manila’s Jones bridge in the Philippines was reopened to the public. The new appearance of the bridge built in a neoclassical look with lamp posts covered thinly with gold paint and ornamented sculptures like those in Paris was adored by many people who have already seen it.
The Inspiration Behind Jones Bridge
The renovated bridge was associated with the most flamboyant and extravagant bridge in Paris, which is the famed Pont Alexandre III bridge. This is not a coincidence, because during the voyage of designer Juan M. Arellano to Paris, he was inspired by Pont Alexander III. As a result, he intentionally designed Manila’s Jones bridge similar to Pont Alexander III. Moreover, Arellano still thought of ways for the city’s river networks, thus utilizing Daniel Burnham’s city concept through the delegation of the US Government in the Philippines.
The Truth about Manila’s Jones Bridge Look
Arellano already had a concept of the bridge that is filled with statues and buttresses which were often found in the structures of French during the pre-war era. These elements present on the renovated bridge were all seen and drawn in the original print design of Arellano for Jones Bridge.