Wallace-Walker Floating Cloud Bridge
The Wallace-Walker Floating Cloud Bridge occupies one of the most beautiful (and well-hidden) ravines in the Gardens. The bridge, supported on six large boulders up to 14 tons in size, “floats” over this ravine, hence the Floating Cloud inspiration. Landscaping includes white azaleas “cloud pruned” in the Japanese tradition covering the hillsides around the bridge, while below is an outstanding filtered view of Lake Hamilton through mature pines. The bridge also provides an accessible connection from the Garden of the Pine Wind back to the Flowering Border and the Camellia Trail.
The Floating Cloud Bridge was designed by highly-regarded landscape garden artist David Slawson, who specializes in utilizing landscapes to create natural environments. For this site, Slawson envisioned using pinnacles of rock as a foundation to create a bridge that would evoke the sensation of being high in the mountains – an emotion elicited by many Japanese and Chinese paintings. Slawson has a lengthy association with the Gardens as a designer/consultant. His initial project, the Garden of the Pine Wind, earned a nod from the Journal of Japanese Gardening in 2009, when it was named the 8th best Asian garden in North America. He is well-known for his rock artistry design, putting his talents to work in many of the Gardens' rock and stream features: The Weyerhaeuser Bonsai Garden, the Evans Children's Adventure Garden, the Evans Celebration Garden, and the Joy Manning Scott Bridge of the Full Moon.