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A Leap into Empty Space
April 4, 2007
Last week marked the inauguration of the “Grand Canyon Skywalk”, the audacious footbridge suspended more than 4000 feet (about 1219 metres) over the floor of the Grand Canyon, with a projection of 70 feet (about 21 metres). The glass bottom of the walkway emphasises the walk into space, making it become a walk in the sky, speaking of which, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, one of the protagonists of the “walks” on the Moon, was invited to take the first “skywalk”.
The footbridge is the cutting edge of a multipurpose complex that includes a hotel, a restaurant, a museum dedicated to the Grand Canyon and various conference rooms.
The architectural project is by the M.R.J. Architects firm of Las Vegas which, for the structural part, availed itself of the collaboration of Lochsa Engineering, also from Las Vegas.
The Hualapai Indian tribe, owner of the territories, were the promoters of the initiative that has led to the realisation of this complex and spectacular structure.
Not recommended for people afraid of heights …
 
 
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