Sundial Bridge Deck

Located in Northern California, the City of Redding boasts an unusual cantilever bridge called the “Sundial Bridge.”  Its tall pylon tower resembles a huge white sundial and anchors cables that support a 700-foot span crossing the Sacramento River. It's a great pathway for pedestrians and bicyclists who enjoy the green parkway along the river.

Sacramento River

The long span clears the entire section of water and its sensitive fish spawning pools.  The structure was designed by the architect Santiago Calatrava in 2004 at a cost of $23 million, and its steel spire casts a shadow that moves at 12" per minute during the day.  Because the sun migrates throughout the year, the mosaic dial on the ground is accurate only during the Summer Solstice on June 21st.  It would be difficult to adjust the structure's orientation during the other months!

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The bridge’s white steel finish is a  perfect complement to the puffy white clouds and snow-topped mountains, and some say it resembles a bird in flight. 

In any case, it’s much more than a bridge.  It’s art.

AuthorRich Monroe