Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Concrete, metal, acrylic, paint,
City of Calgary Public Art Program
Integrated into a new pedestrian bridge, words and shapes bring to life the engineering principles at work throughout the structure. Forces such as compression, tension and cantilevering are made visible.
This bridge has some unique engineering features. It has no center support between the east and west-bound lanes of traffic. Instead it has a floating center span made of high performance concrete that is supported by the 2 cantilevered side sections, and tension rods connected to counterweights buried deep underground. Without the art, most people wouldn’t be aware of any this.
In addition there is an elementary school adjacent to the site, so the artwork also can be used a teaching tool.