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A trestle in nature

Zagacki & Gallaher (2009) state “It is the materiality and design…that evokes this sense, so that visitors can actually experience themselves and nature co-existing, in a state of flow…” (p. 176).  They also assert, that through man made pieces in nature, “…visitors also enter inside another history…” (p. 80).  The picture of the train trestle over the falls at Letchworth State Park provides viewers with a surreal view of nature along with a beautiful man made train track.  Though the trestle was not intended to be art, it has become an icon of Letchworth Park.  If you haven’t seen it, you should take a weekend to go visit.  The trestle draws attention to the beauty of nature.  It’s become famous to Letchworth Park goers as the backdrop of the falls.  On a side note, the wooden trestle is aging and the park is planing to rebuild and to destroy the current trestle.  This leaves Letchworth lovers with mixed emotions.  I suppose we’ve all become very fond of that old wooden trestle.




This is a great picture. I always appreciate being able to see natural and man made things exist within the same environment peacefully. This is definitely a place that I would like to visit.


I like this shot. Very nice! I have never seen this before and I will be sure to take your advice and make a stop here someday soon. I like your analysis of the connection between nature and the manmade and how they coincide and work together to make something truly spectacular. Nature is wonderful, but sometimes something extra can make it that much more interesting.


Whoooa this is really cool shot. It’s an interesting intersection here – the park manages can destroy the trestle (just like Terrelle Pryor – Kurt will get that joke, we’ll see who else does) and build a new one, simultaneously bowing to the fallibility of human constructs and showcasing our capability to dominate, or let it rot like the bridges I found this week ( Cool shiz.


I hiked Letchworth this summer and I agree that it is a beautiful park, but I felt the train and the dam took away from it. I prefer to be completely immersed in nature when I’m hiking.


Having never been to Letchworth, I can only imagine what it must look like from the trestle, looking down over the falls. The trestle doesn’t seem big and clunky like many gorge-spanning bridges. It almost perfectly illustrates Zagacki & Gallaher’s notion that we can co-exist with nature, and still leave it in tact and beautiful.

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