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T. Evans Wyckoff Memorial Bridge Opening

T. Evans Wyckoff Memorial Bridge Opening

Time: Saturday, October 25, 2008 - 11:00am - 5:00pm

Event Type: Special Events

Location: Memorial BridgeSaturday, Oct. 25 marks the grand opening of the T. Evans Wyckoff Memorial Bridge. Architects Rick Zieve, FAIA, and Tim Richey, AIA of SRG Partnership led the design of the bridge, which won a Citation Award at the 2008 AIA Washington Council Civic Design Awards. The bridge's dynamic shape is inspired from the metaphor of the contrail, a stream of crystallized vapor created in a plane's wake. The metaphor is carried out in the bridge's unusual tube truss design, made of crossing circular steel pipe sections surrounding an inner glass enclosure. Colored LED lighting within the structure will enhance the visual experience. The bridge will also provide visitors with an audio experience of flight through an original "sound artwork" by award-winning, multidisciplinary Seattle artist Paul Rucker. Rucker's sound art for the Museum's bridge will include new musical compositions interwoven with audio sampling from aerospace history and nature. The looped, 60-minute installation will have nine programs of various lengths and themes. The audio experience will utilize 32 channels of sounds weaving throughout the length of the 340 ft. bridge.