​​​​​​​​Dreamy Draw Pedestrian Bridge/Paradise Valley Gateway​​​

 

 

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ARTIST:   Vicki Scuri with engineering firm T.Y. Lin
DATE:    1994   
LOCATION:  SR-51 at 29th St.
TYPE:   Bridge
MATERIALS:   Steel
BUDGET:   $250,000  
DISTRICT:   3
ZIP CODE:  ​85028


​The artist participated in a design team whose challenge was to transform a generic bridge structure into one that could serve as a unique urban gateway  and reunite a neighborhood and school divided by the massive freeway.  The team developed a structure that resembles a landform or rock outcropping.  Spanning 10 lanes of depressed freeway, the bridge consists of a post-tensioned superstructure supported by a cast-in-place median pier and abutments.  The stair-stepped pier and abutments reference abstracted mountain forms and vernacular southwestern architecture.  All of the concrete form work utilizes patterning cast from tire treads that recall cactus skin and Native American basket weaving while simultaneously acknowledging the role automobiles have played in defining Phoenix urban landscape.

The bridge’s long walkway is enclosed in various layers of perforated and expanded metal screening that form a shadow garden canopy.  The entire bridge and its adjoining retaining walls are painted in rust-red tones to reflect the mercury once mined at the site as well as the red-tiled roofs of the surrounding neighborhood​