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Photograph © Tammy Johnson courtesy of the Redding Convention and Visitors Bureau

Sundial Bridge photograph.
Photograph © Tammy Johnson courtesy of the Redding Convention and Visitors Bureau

Sundial Bridge photograph.
Photograph © Tammy Johnson courtesy of the Redding Convention and Visitors Bureau

Sundial Bridge photograph.
Photograph © Tammy Johnson courtesy of the Redding Convention and Visitors Bureau

Sundial Bridge photograph.
Photograph © Tammy Johnson courtesy of the Redding Convention and Visitors Bureau

Sundial Bridge photograph.
Photograph © Tammy Johnson courtesy of the Redding Convention and Visitors Bureau

Sundial Bridge photograph.
Photograph © Tammy Johnson courtesy of the Redding Convention and Visitors Bureau

Sundial Bridge photograph.
Photograph © Tammy Johnson courtesy of the Redding Convention and Visitors Bureau

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Sundial Bridge

Official name: Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay
Built: 2004
Cost: $23,000,000.00
Designed by: Santiago Calatrava
Type: Bridge
Maximum Height: 217 feet / 66 meters
Maximum width: 23 feet / 7 meters
Maximum length: 700 feet / 213 meters
Location: 850 Auditorium Drive, Redding, United States
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S ome of the world's greatest architecture is often located in places completely incompatible with their beauty. Great towers soar above city streets below, but cannot be appreciated by pedestrians because of their scale, and cannot be admired from afar because they are lost in the visual cacophony of the cityscape. This is not so for the Sundial Bridge. The landmark is a man-made gleaming white beacon surrounded by nature where it can be contemplated up close, and admired from afar without the distractions of the urban experience.

The bridge spans the Sacramento River linking the two halves of the Turtle Bay Exploration Park, a place where man can immerse himself in nature, or merely admire it from the glass bridge deck. While the Sundial Bridge may seem an inappropriate intrusion upon the landscape, it provides an important reference point, and for those who don't appreciate its architecture, a contrast that only enhances the surrounding environment.

The designers of the bridge took pains to avoid disturbing the local ecosystem. The Sacramento River is an important spawning ground for salmon, so there are no bridge supports in the water. The span is held up by cable stays fanning out from the riverside pylon. This pylon is oriented due north, turning it into a giant sundial.

    This is Santiago Calatrava's first free-standing bridge in the United States. The bridge deck is made of 200 tons of glass, steel and stone. The pylon is made of 580 tons of steel. The bridge is held up by 4,342 feet of cable. 4 July, 2004 - The bridge opens to the public.

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Mel Soriano
Wednesday, July 16th, 2008 @ 1:08am
Rating: Five stars.
Astonishing. So light and elegant yet with the enormous mountains surrounding it, somehow appropriately sized. It makes the Millenium Bridge in London look clumsy and pretentious.

j r sherman
Friday, October 12th, 2007 @ 12:16pm
Rating: Five stars.
how in the HECK did something that awe-inspiringly beautiful get built in a place so utterly backwards as Redding, California? the bridge is a work of art. the mystery is how the HECK did it get put in Redding? to think i lived long enough to see a reason to visit something between San Francisco and Oregon.

Tuesday, June 20th, 2006 @ 7:05pm
Rating: Five stars.
I rate it a 4 for creativity and design but a l for placement. I lived in Redding for 10+years and loved Redding for its "natural" beauty. The bridge looks so modernistic against the natural beauty of the mountains.

Ian McParland
Saturday, February 18th, 2006 @ 12:35pm
Rating: Five stars.
Santiago Calatrava is my hero. When studying architecture I used him as a refernence so many times I got the nick name Santiago. His work is elegant daring and has a natural quality that makes his work same almost alive. I only wish he had a vacancy for me in his office. Some day maybe that will come true.

John Ellis
Saturday, January 14th, 2006 @ 12:25am
Rating: Five stars.
I went to school in Redding and lived there when Whiskeytown was dedicated, but going back and seeing this magnificent work made me happy to return to see the progress of this fine city.

Layne Larson
Thursday, September 29th, 2005 @ 4:57pm
It is awe inspiring- day and night! In person, even more so!

Alfred Parodi
Sunday, September 11th, 2005 @ 7:56pm
Rating: Five stars.
At first glance, You are breathless. You are transfixed by the awsome beauty. I wish I had seen it at night. This would be one of the seven wonders of the modern world.

Saturday, July 16th, 2005 @ 2:30am
Rating: Five stars.
Incredibly lovely. I'm impressed that the city spent the money -- well worth it! Although we saw it in 100 degree heat, it was well worth the stop.

Nip Boyes
Friday, July 15th, 2005 @ 4:05pm
Rating: Five stars.
As I approached this magical piece of art, I got younger and younger with every step. By the time I put my foot onto luminated plexiglass walkway, I had lost five shoe sizes and was a wide-eyed 8 year old again. One critic said the design was 'out of place'. I my opinion, the bridge 'makes the place.' Santiago Calatrava makes a very redeeming contribution to the human race.

Saturday, June 25th, 2005 @ 12:56am
Rating: Five stars.
This bridge is amazing enough that I have seen it twice. And to think that the illuminated part of the bridge was made of concrete was so cool. I have only seen it at night but I believe that is the best time to see it.

Earl Jones
Sunday, June 12th, 2005 @ 9:06pm
Rating: Four stars.
Amazing.....I lost track of time.

Howard Roark
Thursday, June 2nd, 2005 @ 12:09pm
Rating: Five stars.
Intriguing. Enjoyably efficient. DxM

Thursday, May 26th, 2005 @ 7:03pm
Rating: Five stars.
We were fortunate to visit in November 2004. I was just scrapbooking my pictures and needed some more info when I came across this website. We saw many things on our 2 week trip, but this is the only one that I took 3 rolls of film. The info center was terrific, showing how it was built. The walk along the river magnificent, but the bridge, words cannot describe. I'll make sure that we stop there whenever we are close.

LaVerne Szynal
Saturday, May 14th, 2005 @ 3:48am
Rating: Five stars.
This is a beautiful bridge. From any angle it inspires a connection to the universe, while also giving a feeling of being grounded in reality.

Alice Bell
Thursday, April 21st, 2005 @ 6:59pm
Rating: Five stars.
This is an incredible addition to our urban landscape. It is truly magical, especially at night.

Chris Trent
Wednesday, April 13th, 2005 @ 5:02am
Rating: Four stars.
I am originally from Elk Grove, CA and while I do agree that there are not enough local architects memorializing the region's history it is nice that the SoCal/Bay Area folks do not have a monopoly on forward-looking urbanism. I believe this structure will be seen as the starting point for California's newest metropolis. Watch Redding...

Tracy Moore
Monday, March 14th, 2005 @ 1:11am
Rating: Five stars.
The Sundial Bridge is an excellent addition to Redding. I think anyone who visits the bridge will agree that it is a site to behold.

Russell Lorenzini
Tuesday, January 18th, 2005 @ 7:31pm
Rating: Three stars.
Let me qualify what I am going to say by stating that I lived in Redding for four years in the lat 70s and early 80s and am amazed by how the city has grown, not only in size, but in attitude, in the 20+ years since I left. I visited the Sundial bridge recently and was very impressed by the architecture and construction. The location, however, is, IMO, inappropriate. Redding's heritage is its mining and timber past and I believe this ultra-modern structure is totally out of character.

Ben Miller
Tuesday, January 11th, 2005 @ 9:27pm
Rating: Five stars.
An amazing, dynamic, structure.

Pete Burro
Thursday, December 23rd, 2004 @ 9:30pm
Rating: Five stars.
I am a frequent visitor to Northern California because of my faithful support of the San Francisco 49ERS. On this, my last trip of the 2004(abysmal) season, I read the Via article and I was hooked on yet another place to visit in California. I have already written to Mark Morford at the Chronicle to herald the bridge as an answer to The Slab, as he calls it,on which construction has begun to traverse the SF Bay. Amazing SunDial!!

Kathy Miller
Wednesday, December 8th, 2004 @ 1:49pm
Rating: Five stars.
I was amazed at the beauty of this bridge. We are from Idaho and will definatly make another trip to Redding.

Teresa Stonefelt
Monday, December 6th, 2004 @ 12:17pm
Rating: Five stars.
This was the one of the most amazing structures I've seen - absolutely beautiful!

Monday, November 29th, 2004 @ 1:29pm
Rating: One star.
Beautiful. My family and I were amazed at the magnificense of the bridge. Beautiful

Joni Elmslie
Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004 @ 9:23pm
Rating: Five stars.
Spectacular piece of functional sculpture! Something everyone can enjoy for generations to come.

Jeannette Bardi
Thursday, November 18th, 2004 @ 1:02am
Rating: Five stars.
Beautiful site to see. Never seen this wonder in my life. I live in Portland and we would benefit by having such a beautiful site.

Friday, September 24th, 2004 @ 11:57am
Rating: Five stars.
It is the most beautiful structure ever

Christina Kirchgestner
Saturday, August 14th, 2004 @ 6:36pm
Rating: Five stars.
This bridge is great i can't wait to walk on it you or they did a great job and i bet people appreciate it a lot it is very beautiful

van lommen hendrik
Saturday, August 14th, 2004 @ 8:34am

Vicky Michelle Portanier
Thursday, August 5th, 2004 @ 1:26pm
Rating: Five stars.
I was proudly raised in the beautiful city of Redding, California and on a recent trip back to Redding for my 20 year class reunion, I was amazed, surprised and in awe of this phenomenal and newly built masterpiece. Words are difficult to describe as I experienced the viewing of this bridge and I think Sundial Bride is an exceptional addition to the beautiful and wonderful place that many of us call home. Thanks to the architect and everyone who partipated in this incredible journey towards the creation of Sundial Bridge . Vicky Portanier San Francisco, California

Autumn Wagner
Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004 @ 3:59pm
Rating: Five stars.
I am a 50 year old world traveller confined for the present to my Native California. Over the weekend, I took my daughter (14) and nephew (12) to see the bridge following a long weekend camping trip near Red Bluff. Every approach to this bridge is different and inspirational. Truly a work of art as well as a unique architectural triumph. We thought it looked like a harp from some angles, and loved the view from below with its shimmering light and tile mosaic base just as interesting as other aspects. I feel really grateful that Redding and its benefactors have shown such vision in funding this world-class piece, a real reason to stop along I5.

Scott Feldman
Saturday, July 31st, 2004 @ 5:29pm
Rating: Five stars.
i am a 13 year old boy and i am planning on being an architect when i grow up i had never heard of Santiago Calatrava but this is one of the most amazing architectual things i have seen in my life and plan on looking into some more of his work. thank you for posting this web site it is very inspiring. i hope to some day be a well none architect so thank you for helping me to someday reach this goal with your insparation. THANK YOU!!!!

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