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Best Contemporary Architecture

Rattlesnake Bridge (by Simon Donovan)

Simon Donovan's slice of snake against sky has its share of detractors, who delight in calling it the Bridge to Nowhere. But year in and year out, Tucsonans charmed by its latticework of steel bones and colored diamonds vote it one of the city's best-loved attractions. Donovan's ingenious design for the pedestrian/bicycle bridge over Broadway merges form and function: The body of the snake and the body of the bridge are one and the same. Bridge-goers enter through the mouth and travel through the belly of the beast, emerging just below the glowing rattles on its tail. The winner of at least nine design awards, the Snake Bridge, as it's colloquially known, also has devilish red eyes that, let's face it, would be extremely cool on the prow of any pirate ship.

Runners up:

2. Stevie Eller Dance Theatre, University of Arizona,

3. Ice House Lofts, 1001 E. 17th St., 623-5638,

Unclear on the concept vote: Fox Tucson Theatre, one vote

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