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The world's first "DNA" bridge at MarinaBay

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) is seeking feedback on the proposed names for the world's first curved double helix pedestrian bridge and an art park at MarinaBay, due to be completed by end 2009.

The new bridge and art park completes the 3.5 km waterfront loop connecting the necklace of attractions in MarinaBay. The bridge comprises two components - a vehicular bridge, which is parallel to Sheares Bridge, and a pedestrian bridge, which is uniquely designed to resemble the double helix structure of DNA.

The public can have a preview of the double helix structure, as the first helical segment of the pedestrian bridge has been installed this month.

Besides being a connector, the bridge will be an attraction in its own right as it provides pedestrians with a panoramic view of the city skyline, and there will be viewing "pods" which overhang the water to rest and watch events happening within the Bay.

At the northern end of the bridge will be Singapore's first art park featuring 27 art works by Singapore youths. These were selected from 136 entries submitted in a competition in March 2006, which express ideas based on the theme "Aspirations for Life in Singapore".

There will be a landscaped maze and also a rock wall featuring 18 drawings of Singapore icons, and an interactive "hop-scotch" lighted flooring. Construction works on the ArtPark will start in May next year.

URA proposes to name the pedestrian bridge "The Double Helix" or "The DNABridge", and the vehicular bridge the "BayfrontBridge".

The vehicular bridge is named after Bayfront Avenue, the future road which it will form part of. This name will serve as an instinctive, easy-to-remember locational reference for all road users.

The proposed name for the art park is "ImagiNation Park", to reflect the boundless creativity and possibilities for the future of Singapore.

The public can share their views on the proposed names on the newly revamped MarinaBay website at www.marina-bay.sg from now till 14 December 2008.

 

The bridges will connect the attractions at MarinaBay by 2009. Graphic: URA

 

 

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