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Old 23 March 2018, 02:04 AM
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I have since encountered detail drawings of the attachments for the "cables," (they're actually 16" diameter hollow tubes), and their rather superficial anchors to the canopy back up the idea that the pylon and "cables" are just for aesthetics, and add relatively little strength or stiffness.
Yes, if the tubes are hollow they're definitely not structural in any real sense. If so they would be full of cables. This is a series of pics from construction of the Ravenel Bridge in Charleston, SC:

http://ravenelbridge.net/wrapper_mob...004_cable.html

About half way down the page they show them pulling the cables through a tube (cable housing).
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