September 17, 2009
Much of the work has done from a barge in the lake. The barge arrived in pieces by truck and was welded together on-site.
Designed as a “ribbon of light”, the new structure will span the southern end of Sydnor Lake, connecting the Rose Garden with the crossroads between the Children’s Garden and the Grace Arents Garden.
Currently, most visitors walk to popular destinations like Bloemendaal House and the Children’s Garden across a series of angled wooden bridges in the West Island Garden. At some points these walkways narrow to only five-and-a-half feet, The new bridge will be 14 feet wide with a 12 foot walkway and will create a more direct path to favorite Garden areas.
The plan is for the new bridge to be completed in time to be featured in this year’s GardenFest of Lights which begins November 27.
The choice to use a mesh design for the sides of the bridge was a thoughtful and intentional one. The idea is to have a boundary that does not look like a boundary. Woven stainless steel rods will help accomplish this objective. The durable rods have a “visual” lightness and are arranged in a pattern evoking an “organic” look, such as woven cane.
With its unique design, the bridge will create yet another wonderful way to experience Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.