Monday, February 17, 2003

Models of Modern Architecture

Venice, Italy, has the Bridge of Sighs. Now Palm Springs has the "bridge of thighs."

A pedestrian bridge that will connect two parts of a nudist resort -- while crossing over a busy public street -- has drawn national attention since construction began last month.

View from the bridge: Span gives nudists access to resort, but blocks prying eyes

Architect Christopher Mills said one issue in building the bridge was how to give nudists protection from scrutiny as they approached the span.

"The challenge was shielding the people going up and down the steps. How do you shield them and keep it an open structure?" Mills said.

The result: a $500,000 steel-and-canvas structure that features intersecting triangles and planes that restricts the view of those crossing the bridge from those passing underneath.

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