By Tristan Baurick, Times-Picayune | The Advocate
Up close is not the best way to see the world’s biggest gate.
Standing alongside it from one end, where a three-story hinge links to a massive steel lattice, the Maeslant storm surge barrier resembles three crane towers toppled across one another. From the opposite end, nearly 280 yards away, it’s an imposing white wall, like a drive-in movie screen stretched the length of 2½ football fields.
And that’s only half of it.