Ian Volner

SKY MILES: A long-necked bird? A human arm? King David?s harp? Everyone has a theory about the meaning of the 387-foot, $73 million Chords Bridge.

A Bridge, Yes, But to Where?

Approaching Jerusalem by Highway 1 from Tel Aviv, the mast of architect Santiago Calatrava’s Chords Bridge first rears up from atop a distant ridge, a white bolt against the eastern sky. At 387 feet, the central tower, with its 66 cross-strung steel cables, is now the tallest structure in the city, and its completion has been attended with a volume of controversy and fanfare on scale with its size.