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Curls Itself into a Ball

By: POPEYE - Published: Mar 8, 2007   Updated: Mar 31 2011 • References: heatherwick and blog.wired
This bridge looks like an ordinary outdoor sculpture, but actually it is a hydraulic bridge that can uncurl itself for incoming boat traffic. This is one of many projects by Thomas Heatherwick, who BBC refers to as the new Leonardo da Vinci.

The 12-meter bridge is made of steel and timber; hydraulic rams in the handrails between the bridge's eight sections help it to curl and unfold.