The mile-long stretch of the Crosscut Canal path that winds through Papago Park passes through a wide variety of manmade and natural environments, and each bridge reflects its unique site. The North Bridge features sculptural perforated panels set into a truss bridge. The ripple forms echo the movement of the water below, and the subtle form is low to the water to keep views of the red-rock mountains above. The Middle Bridge, which echoes the form of a nearby dam, features two arch forms with built-in seating, dramatically cantilevered over the water. The South Bridge, located in the more natural, shady point in the park features a wood deck and flared arcs of perforated steel, providing a softer-feeling bridge that melts into the landscape, opening up in the center, giving walkers a view of the natural-banked canal. A 30-foot topographic map of the park, canal and path playfully shows visitors the lay of the land. At the north end, two 20 foot thumbprints mark the end of the path. Both designs – topographic lines and thumbprint ridges – are drawn in lines that reflect rippling water, connecting the three elements that make Papago Park such a unique landscape: the water, the mountains and the people.
Tempe Public Art
Weathering steel railings for three pedestrian bridges, sandblasted paving patterns
2012 Public Art Network Year in Review
Michael Lundgren, Bill King