Saturday, July 24, 2010

Cable-Stayed Bridges - Sundial Bridge (6)

Looking down at the tower base of the Sundial Bridge. The tower arches back over the two legs of the base, helping to balance it. From this view, the bridge looks like a sculpture, like one of the structures designed from steel plates by the sculptor Richard Serra. Our aesthetic response to a Calatrava bridge is both for it's interesting shape as well as for how it carries a superstructure over an obstacle.

I assumed the bridge ran east and west across the southward flowing Sacramento River, but looking at Google Earth I can see that the bridge actually goes north and south across a bend in the river. We can see the shadow of the tower pointing to the west in the photo below, suggesting it was taken in the morning.

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