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Bridge to Link Cultural Institutions Set to Open
Bridge to Link Cultural Institutions Set to Open

A downtown bridge linking several cultural landmarks will be given a grand opening at 11 a.m. on June 9.

Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, Councilman Ricki Barlow and members of the Cultural Corridor Coalition will celebrate completion of a pedestrian bridge that will provide residents and tourists with convenient access to seven downtown cultural institutions. The event will take place at the Natural History Museum Parking, 900 Las Vegas Blvd North.

The bridge, located near Cashman Center, sits between Lied Discovery Children’s Museum/Las Vegas Library and the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, and also provides access to The Neon Museum, the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort and State Historic Park and the Reed Whipple Cultural Center. The bridge features an LED artistic design created by David Griggs.

The artistic design, dubbed by Griggs as “Vegas Arabesque,” was inspired by the legacy of Las Vegas, its unique setting in the southwest and the location of the bridge among Las Vegas’ cultural institutions. Vegas Arabesque also pays homage to vintage signs located nearby at the Neon Museum.

“In colors associated with the southwest, this sculptural form alights across a bridge that is the gateway to the city’s cultural institutions,” Griggs said. “The shapes used in the design build a rhythm that suggests the visual splendor of a Vegas chorus line. In vaguely figurative forms, the design dances across the bridge in the playful spirit of Las Vegas’ own Americana.”

The bridge is part of a larger Cultural Corridor Trail Project currently under construction. The work includes installing sidewalk ramps, new banner poles, stamped concrete sidewalk panels and concrete embellishments for 12 city blocks along the urban trail that leads to the cultural institutions. 

Funding for the $1.3 million Cultural Corridor Pedestrian Bridge was provided by the Bureau of Land Management through the sale of public lands, as authorized by the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act. This act allows money from Nevada federal land sales to be used in the state for park and trail projects. The bridge’s artistic element was paid for and coordinated through the city of Las Vegas Cultural Affairs Office.

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