Well known architect, artist and ceramicist Paolo Soleri has designed at least 60 bridges during his lifetime including one called “The Beast,” which received international recognition. Now at the age of 86, this Scottsdale resident will see his first bridge being built as part of the Scottsdale Waterfront project, a 0 million, 11-acre residential, retail and office development along the northern banks of the Arizona Canal in downtown Scottsdale. The .5 million Sundial Bridge will cross over the Canal and establish a critical north-sound connection linking Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall and the Waterfront District to the Main Street District. The 100-foot long bridge will be 20 feet wide on the south side of the canal and narrow to 15 feet on the north side. It will have two, 60-foot high cylinders on the south side of the canal that will cast shadows on the bridge and reflect movements of the sun including summer and winter solstices as well as spring and fall equinoxes. Construction of the bridge is expected to begin in February 2006. Soleri is a former student of Frank Lloyd Wright’s at Taliesin West. He splits his time between Cosanti, an Arizona Historic site in Scottsdale that is a unique complex of desert-appropriate, experimental, concrete structures he designed and constructed; and Arcosanti, a prototype arcology located in Cordes Junction in central Arizona.

Quelle: Arizona Highway Magazine



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