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The fascination of major works

It is quite likely that you have watched a video online of a massive yellow machine building a bridge in China.

It is quite likely that you have watched a video online of a massive yellow machine building a bridge in China. Nearly half a million people have watched it on Facebook alone, and if you are connected to the construction industry your level of interest is likely to be higher than average. 

I think the fascination lies in teh fact that the machine is so huge and at first sight it seems so simple – and then you realise just how complex it is and how very tiny the people who are working with it look.

It somehow fascinates beyond what we may think about the Chinese government or the need for massive bridges or whether this is putting construction teams out of work. It is just compelling and we love it. We are trained to believe that our visual satisfactions come from watching waves breaking on a shore, or those endless cute kittens. But actually, things that work are just so exciting. Many of us loved them as children, and love them still.

And if you want another reminder of the power and appeal of motion, look at this Steampunk-themed bar in Roumania, complete with moving parts.

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