Blending Bridge and Sundial Into Sculpture in Redding, California
“The poet of glass and steel,” Spaniard Santiago Calatrava has designed famed pedestrian bridges—airy, white, and sculptural—from Seville to Buenos Aires. But what's perhaps his masterpiece stands in Redding—a small, otherwise architecturally undistinguished town in Northern California. The Sundial Bridge—a $23 million, 700-foot-long work of art—glistens white and proud above the Sacramento River. Its functioning sundial is a 271-foot pylon, evoking an egret in flight. This soars over the swirling current below, while casting a handsome shadow on the grassy knoll beyond. Slung gracefully from the sundial is a long steel cable that bolsters the span, making this a “cable-stayed bridge.” At dusk, awed souls wander its aqua glass walkway, as twinkling lights beneath announce the night.