840 Sundial Bridge, Redding, CA, USA
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Sundial Bridge Redding Reviews
beautiful, charming, fascinating, interesting! Jul 04, 2013
The Sundial Bridge is beautiful, fascinating, charming, interesting and expensive architecture, found in Redding, California. It is a unique pedestrian or walking bridge that crosses the Sacramento River and connects the trail to Turtle Bay Exploration Park and McConnel Arboretum.
The 700-foot-long, 23-foot-wide work of art, Sundial Bridge was built in the finest materials costing almost $23 million! The span is supported by 4,342 feet of steel cable suspended from a single, glistening white, 217-foot-high pylon that resembles an egret in flight more than it does an ordinary bridge tower. The architecture was designed by a genius man in the name of Santiago Calatrava, a Spanish descent but who is already based in Zurich Switzerland. Calatrava is known for his refined aesthetic sensible designs and he is nicknamed as “the poet of glass and steel”. The tall pylon and cable are situated at the exact north end of the bridge to give a double duty as a sundial, casting an elegant shadow on a grassy plaza.
When you visit Redding, the Sundial Bridge is a lovely place to walk on but is also amazing to study. Take time to wander and explore different angles where to see how it looks from the ground, in the distance, and in daylight. I wish we had a chance to look at the bridge at sunset when the bridge begins to glow with artificial lights from the bridge as well as from the natural but subdued light from the twilight. What a delight would it be! However, we were delighted just the same when we visited on early morning.
It was fascinating to see so many bicyclists, joggers, walkers, and fishermen in the river below. Another major sight is tourists and locals alike walked their dogs on the bridge. Seriously, I’ve never been to a place where there were so many dogs around!
The Sundial Bridge is beautiful because of its aqua green, opaque glass deck; strips of granite; and smooth, white imported Spanish tile. The bridge is unique because of its design. The 217-foot pylon acts as a sundial, telling time on a tile covered garden border on the north side of the bridge. The designer of the bridge, himself has said that, to him, the bridge resembles a bird in flight, and symbolizes the overcoming of adversity. This gleaming testament to man's innovation and creativity made me wonder, where this mankind’s intelligence does comes from…
Anyway, my family had a very relaxing time while exploring the entire bridge. My children took time to read the interactive displays along the trails. My husband savored the cool breeze from the river and enjoyed a stress-free time away from work and I as usual, enjoyed taking photographs!
The bridge is amazingly photogenic! It is like you can never make a wrong shot because no matter where or which angle you take the bridge from for a photo it always comes out a “perfect shot”!
When or if you are in this direction, I encourage you swing by and visit the Sundial Bridge! There is NO CHARGE to visit or walk across the bridge. The bridge is open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. every day. Restrooms are located next to the Turtle Bay Café that is open for public use. There is also a souvenir shop just next to the café. Bring water bottles, hat, and sunscreen lotion.
Directions: I-5 to Exit 678/Eureka. One mile west to Exit 1/Park Marina Drive. Right at top of off-ramp--stay right, but merge to the left-hand lane to the northeast Convention Center parking lot.
No skateboards on the bridge. Bicycles should be walked across. Dogs are allowed however, the bridge's glass deck can get hot. If you have pets please remember this when walking them across the bridge. Early morning though is a great time to walk barefooted on the glass deck!
And lastly, don't miss to go under the bridge! Its nice to just sit there for a while and watch the river runs "wild" or be charmed with wild ducks...
Enjoy the photos!
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