Tuesday, June 16, 2009

World's Largest Sundial

This post is for all you AiResearch engineers at the Retirees Luncheon tomorrow. This sundial, which is 217-feet tall, cable stayed, cantileverd pylon. No part of the 710-foot glass, steel and marble deck of the bridge enters the Sacramento River below in Redding, CA.

The cables are about 2.5 inches in diameter. It is strictly a pedestrian bridge (bicycles are allowed at less then 5 mph). At night there are lights on the underside that illuminate the water below. The pylon actually casts its massive shadow on an extensive garden-lined dial plate inlaid with brass time markers.

There was a lot of controversy from the locals about building this bridge. It is a "bridge to nowhere" they said...but then the bridge over the Royal Gorge is also a bridge to nowhere. If you ever get to Redding, stop and check it out as you stroll across the World's Largest Sundial.

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