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Modern art? Give me this stunning creation any day

PUBLISHED: 07:37 08 September 2017 | UPDATED: 07:37 08 September 2017

A view of the new Queensferry Crossing, seen from South Queensferry, as it is illuminated ahead of it's official opening by Queen Elizabeth II on September 4, 2017. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday August 29, 2017. The new bridge, which crosses the Firth of Forth, is the world's longest three tower cable-stay bridge. Photo credit should read: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

A view of the new Queensferry Crossing, seen from South Queensferry, as it is illuminated ahead of it's official opening by Queen Elizabeth II on September 4, 2017. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday August 29, 2017. The new bridge, which crosses the Firth of Forth, is the world's longest three tower cable-stay bridge. Photo credit should read: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Opinion: Some of the best works of art are to be found carrying our traffic, says Sharon Griffiths

Art gallery or bridge?

If you want to appreciate craftsmanship, skill and beauty then go and look at a bridge.

Much modern art is strange or just baffling, more concerned with a message than with talent, skill or craftsmanship. So we have to look elsewhere for inspiration.

Bridges are beautiful. Engineers and architects are the poets and artists of our day. What’s more, their creations don’t just soar into the sky and look good but they work – they link communities, make life easier. They are above all, practical.

Like the new Queensferry Crossing opened by the Queen last week to replace the old Forth Road Bridge outside Edinburgh. The 1.7-mile crossing is elegant, functional and breathtakingly beautiful. It shimmers in the light and looks like three giant sailing ships crossing the water. It is a triumph of engineering and imagination.

A real work of art, in fact.

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