The design motifs for each of the twelve shade structures on this bridge uncover the layers of the past by utilizing the technology of the future. The cottonwood leaves depicted in the overhead structures serve as a unifying element and tribute to their once great abundance. The plentiful fish and fowl of a time now gone are also recognized on the bridge piers. Hohokam pottery sherds scattered on the terrace steps pay homage to the indigenous people who first settled in the region. Annual positions of the sun will highlight moments important to the history of Tucson and the Santa Cruz River.
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