Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Paline Barge

photos by Tamás Fehér

While visiting Burano and Mazzorbo, Tamás ran into this barge full of paline. 

When we see them in place, they seem to just fade into the background, but stacked like this, they remind us of gigantic pencils, or as Tamás pointed out, enormous wooden stakes. 
Next he came upon the site where the paline were being put into place.
I am always amazed at how the Venetians manage to keep the water where they want it.

Tamás also took a photo of this sign and sent it to me with the following text:
The photo shows the on-site billboard, which explains it's a 300,000 euro emergency repair, to temporarily restore the badly deteriorated canal walls.

Thanks for the photos, Tamás.
It's a rare opportunity to see the work necessary to keep the water in one place, and the land in another.

1 comment:

Tamás said...

> the work necessary to keep the water in one place, and the land in another

There are four hi-res web cameras in Venice which show the Bacino San Marco and its surroundings.

One can see suprisingly many dredging-works ships in those pictures, bucket excavators, mobile cranes, concrete mixers etc. loaded on barges and moving back and forth in the lagoon.

Maybe their current prevalence is partly a result of the large scale MOSE works, but it surely takes a lot of human and machine effort to maintain the lagoon!