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Sundial Bridge - This Bridge Is A Glass-and-steel Sculpture
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© Christine Till - CT-Graphics
Driving across the dry California plain from San Francisco it is a relief to see the cool waters of the Sacramento river in Redding surrounded by green hills and mountains. Stop and visit the centerpiece of the 300 acre Turtle Bay Exploration Park - Sundial Bridge (also known as the Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay) - which crosses the Sacramento River in the heart of Redding.
The 700-foot long, 23-foot wide bicycle- and pedestrian-only bridge gets its name from a unique design feature: Its 217-ft high tower is also a working sundial!
This bridge is a sculpture! Almost nothing about the cantilever spar cable-stayed bridge is conventional. Its spar is inclined; its cables pass through the deck to points off of the center axis; its trusses are comprised of light weight tube steel and rolled steel sections; and its deck is primarily bluish-green glass!
Sundial Bridge is a visual sensation to engineers, architects and the general public alike. From the hills the bridge looks like a giant fish displaying its beautiful white fin out of blue water.
April 18th, 2012
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