Bridge Sculptures Come to Life

Four sail sculptures shed new light on the versatility of balustrade cables, used as decorative in-fill for art on the Burns Memorial Bridge in Worcester, Massachusetts. 

All Photos: Jed Warsager


The sails, which are 46 feet high and 51 feet long, are illuminated at night with changing LED lights.

On traditional hand rails, cable in-fill provides a sense of elegance and style to carefully designed spaces while holding functionality. It is always a joy for us to work on projects, which utilize balustrade cables for non-traditional purposes. In the case of the Burns Memorial Bridge in Worcester, Massachusetts, it took nearly 2000, ¼” diameter stainless steel cables, to create the in-fill for four sculptural sails on the bridge. The ABS2 system was the perfect choice for a decorative application requiring versatility but also a bold, technical style.


The sail installations are a reminder of the nautical history of the area. The sails are also an environmental statement, marking the new design, which incorporates bike and pedestrian lanes, and provides space to sit and view the rowing and sailing events on the lake below.


Ronstan has been setting the standard for architectural cable applications in balustrades and railings for years. Working with Newport Industrial Fabrication, Ronstan was able to meet the designer’s budget, and time-line to deliver a 100% made in America product. The client for this project was the Mass Department of Transportation; the General Contractor was The Middlesex Corporation.



More information on our balustrade offerings can be found here. 

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