At more than 200 feet tall, the SkyDance Pedestrian Bridge soars above Interstate 40 in downtown Oklahoma City and has become one of the city's most unique landmarks. The design is inspired by the "sky dance" of the scissor-tailed flycatcher, Oklahoma's state bird.
The 380-foot-long pedestrian bridge and 197- foot-tall sculpture spans I-40 near Robinson Avenue south of downtown. It's made of stainless steel panels that shimmer in the sun and is illuminated nightly with LED color-changing lights.
Planning for SkyDance Bridge began in 2008 when Mayor Cornett announced a competition to design a pedestrian bridge of "iconic status that reflects the cosmopolitan and vibrant qualities of Oklahoma City and serve as a symbol for the City." The bridge opened four years later on April 23, 2012 and was designed by a local firm, MKEC Engineering and Butzer Design Partnership, led by Hans Butzer. Butzer is well known for his work on the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum.
The bridge is located at the heart of the future MAPS 3 downtown park, which began construction in late 2013. The bridge can be accessed at Western Avenue or Robinson/Shields Avenue. From the Western Avenue exit, head east on SW 5th Street to Harvey Avenue and then south to SW 7th Street. There is on-street metered parking at SW 7th Street and Harvey Avenue. From Robinson/Shields Avenue exit, head south to SW 10th Street, then head west to Harvey Avenue. There is also on street parking at this location.