SkyDance Bridge at dusk downtown, Oklahoma City
This is an acrylic fridge magnet of the Skydance Bridge at dusk downtown, Oklahoma City, United States. Oklahoma City's landmark bridge, Oklahoma City SkyDance Bridge, is a 380-foot-long pedestrian bridge and 197- foot-tall sculpture that spans Interstate 40 near Robinson Avenue south of downtown. When the downtown portion of Interstate 40 was relocated just to the south of its current location, Oklahoma City officials were looking for a pedestrian connection between downtown and the blossoming Oklahoma River area. In addition to its obvious functional elements, the bridge, named the Skydance, is a huge and iconic modernistic sight for freeway drivers. Planning for the SkyDance Bridge began in 2008 when Mayor Cornett announced a competition to design a pedestrian bridge of "iconic status that reflect the cosmopolitan and vibrant qualities of Oklahoma City and serve as a symbol for the City." The bridge opened four years later on April 23, 2012.
The Skydance Pedestrian Bridge design is said to be inspired by the "sky dance" of the scissor-tailed flycatcher, Oklahoma's state bird. The 18-story structure is 30-feet wide and stretches 440-feet across the semi-depressed section of the new 10-lane I-40 freeway south of downtown. The wings rise above the bridge, reaching as high as 185 feet in the air, and a 66-inch high ornamental metal railing spans the length of bridge. The bridge is made of stainless steel panels that shimmer in the sun, and uplighting at night that emits a skyward glow. The estimated $6.6 million construction cost is funded by both city and federal money, about $3.5 million coming from the Oklahoma State Department of Transportation's federal funding and the rest from the city of Oklahoma City. The bridge is illuminated nightly with LED lights to welcome visitors to downtown. The color of light can be changed remotely, depending on the event or holiday. A lighting policy guides the lighting of the bridge.