California Architecture


Redding, California Sundial Bridge

One of the nation's most beautiful, expensive, and architecturally interesting bridges can be found in Redding, California. The Sundial Bridge is a walking bridge costing over $18 million to build. Utilizing the finest materials and design work from famed Zurich, Switzerland architect Santiago Calatrava, Sundial Bridge spans the Sacramento River near Redding's Turtle Bay and Redding Convention Center.

This gleaming testament to man's innovation and creativity officially opened and was dedicated on July 4, 2004. Not only did it help put Redding on the map with positive publicity, it also began to provide an easily accessible path for bicyclists, joggers, walkers and those just seeking to watch the fisherman in the river below.

When you go to Redding, the Sundial Bridge is lovely to walk on but is also amazing to study. Wander and explore different angles where to see how it looks from the ground, in the distance, and in daylight and at sunset when the bridge begins to glow with artificial lights. What a delight!

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