According to Norse mythology, Bifröst is a burning rainbow bridge that connects Asgard (the realm of the gods) with Midgard (the realm of man). Have you ever wondered what Bifröst would look like? Probably not — I’m guessing this is the first time you’ve ever heard of it. Well, now that you are considering this question for possibly the first time ever, I think that I can give you a pretty good answer. Bifröst would probably resemble the Xiying Rainbow Bridge.
The Rainbow Bridge is pretty much exactly what the name implies: a bridge with a beautiful rainbow light that spans the full spectrum of Roy G. Biv. Just don’t expect to find a pot of gold on the other side of it — this bridge is located in Penghu, Taiwan, and I’ve never heard of a Taiwanese leprechaun.
One thing I should point out is that this bridge is for pedestrians, not motorists. It was wise of them to avoid the temptation of adding this light show to a traffic bridge. There’d probably be a fender-bender every night because of rubber-necking drivers focusing more on the light show than the traffic.
I have to say, this is one of my all-time favorite bridges. You always see architects attempting to fuse natural beauty with manmade enhancements, but it’s rare that somebody really pulls it off. The Rainbow Bridge does an excellent job of marrying these two different worlds because the manmade bridge and the natural river both rely on each other to achieve the complete aesthetic experience. What’s so amazing is that each component accentuates its partner without drawing too much attention to itself.
In order to understand what I mean I’ll ask you this question: What’s the focal point, the bridge or the water? If you think that it’s the bridge, then I would counter that by saying that the lights on the bridge are nothing compared to the waterfall-like cascade of lights on the river below. If you think that the water is the focal point, then I have to remind you that the bridge is the actual art piece — not only is the bridge necessary for the art to exist, but it is the physical medium that allows pedestrians to experience the art.
The best way to answer that question, I think, is to say that the river and the bridge make a combined effort to create this gorgeous scene. The two work together beautifully, like song and music.