Rio Footbridge Shaped Like Butt in Thong?

New Statesman has a piece up entitled “Erotic architecture: the sexual history of great buildings“, a book review of two recent architecture books. (Found via Arts & Letters Daily.) The lede reads:

At first glance, the only visible connection between these two lively books is a bridge between Rio de Janeiro and Rocinha, the South American city’s biggest favela, shaped in the guise of a woman’s G-stringed bottom.

At that point I stopped reading and started googling for photos of this famed butt bridge. Here’s a street-level view:

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And here’s an aerial view:

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The footbridge was designed by Oscar Niemeyer and opened in 2011. (Niemeyer died the following year at age 104. Slideshow retrospective.)

The book review quotes Niemeyer about his work: “Right an­gles don’t attract me. Nor straight, hard and inflexible lines created by man. What attracts me are free and sensual curves. The curves we find … in the body of the woman we love.” So spotting the callipygian female in the Rocinha footbridge does not necessarily mean you have a dirty mind.

Photos courtesy Sebástian Freire.