Return to California 14: Visiting the Sundial Footbridge, Redding, for Burt


The Sundial Footbridge, designed by Santiago Calatrava, Redding

the cantilever, spar cable-stayed foot and bicycle bridge crossing the Sacramento River

a close up of the soil aspect of the bridge’s terroir

from underneath, people visible

the bridge operates as a genuine sundial over the course of every June 21. The shadow of the bridge’s peak, which holds the cables that support the bridge, moves across an outer circle rim surrounding the Northern side of the bridge. Over the course of the day on June 21 the shadow hits brass circles marked with times.

Thank you to Burt Coffin.

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