A Bridge to reconnect Los Angeles to its river
The Los Angeles River must be reconnected to the city of Los Angeles (read the post about The Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan) and The Art Bridge, designed by Why Architecture associated with Judith Baca of SPARC ,could be an interesting example of a sustainable infrastructure because of the smart use of recycled materials. It could become a symbol of regeneration. In fact the bridge structure is built from trash salvaged from the river itself : concrete, plastic bottles , shopping cart and recycled cans, glass and tire. Moreover Photovoltaic panels on the canopy will generate electricity during the night.
From the bridge it will be possible to admire the Great Wall of Los Angeles mural by artist/muralist Judith Baca , and ,walking across this bridge, visitors may experience in a different way the Los Angeles River and read about the history of the city. This mural is one of the most spectacular murals in Los Angeles and it portrays the history of California from pre-history to now, placing more emphasis on the history of minorities and civil rights.
Not a simple bridge but an absolute symbol of sustainability and an example for the challenges that MEGALOPOLIS like LOS ANGELES have to face.