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Pero's Bridge, Bristol

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Pero's Bridge is a pedestrian bascule bridge that spans St Augustine's Reach in Bristol Harbour, Bristol, England. It links Queen Square and Millennium Square.
The bridge is composed of three spans; the two outer ones are fixed and the central section can be raised to provide a navigation channel in the harbour. The most distinctive features of the bridge are the pair of horn-shaped sculptures which act as counterweights for the lifting section, leading it to be commonly known as the Horned Bridge or Shrek's Bridge as the counterweights resemble the ears of the animated star of the eponymous film.
The bridge is named after Pero, also known as Pero Jones, who lived from around 1753 to 1798, arriving in Bristol probably from the Caribbean Island of Nevis in 1783, as the slave of the merchant John Pinney (1740–1818) at 5 Great George Street.
The bridge was designed by the Irish artist Eilis O'Connell, in conjunction with Ove Arup & Partners engineers. It was formally opened in 1999 by Paul Boateng MP, then a Home Office minister. The name of the bridge was attacked by then Liberal Democrat councillor Stephen Williams. He condemned the decision as "gesture politics". Eilis O'Connell commented "The council can call it what they want, but Pero's Bridge sounds a bit political."Hundreds of people now attach padlocks to the bridge as a sign of affection to each other
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  • Nice to see as part of a walk along the Waterside area. Lots of padlocks on the bridge since I was last here many years ago.  more »
  • A small bridge connecting the two edges of the harbour allows you not to go deep. Modern lightweight design.
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  • As short footbridges go, this was pretty good. Couples have encrusted it with padlocks and it crosses scenic water in a lively part of town. It goes all the way from one side to the other and is solid underfoot with space for boats underneath, and these are all good qualities in a bridge.
  • I'm really sad that people have put padlocks all over the bridge. I know their significance but what can't the bridge just be a bridge and be appreciated for its interesting design?
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