The new Grand Canyon Skywalk makes it possible for the first time for visitors to see views of Grand Canyon’s western edge. The Skywalk is a U-shaped glass bridge that is suspended 4,000 feet above the Colorado River.
Saint-Gobain, a glass technology company in the business for more than 300 years, designed and produced a durable and clear glass to make the Skywalk possible. The floor includes an inter-layer of DuPont’s SentryGlas Plus that enhances optical clarity and adds to the strength of the floor. The company’s accomplishments are many, but a couple of fine examples would be the creation of the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles in Paris in 1682 and the recent Pyramid of the Louvre.
Saint-Gobain’s Cologne, Germany plant manufactured a low-iron Diamant glass that was used for the floor in the Skywalk. The deck is made of 46 pieces of laminated tempered glass with a thickness of more than 2″. The Skywalk contains very little iron oxide compared to the typical glass leading to exceptional clarity.
I am only an amateur photographer, but the news of the Skywalk at the Grand Canyon is exciting. The clear glass will allow for some great pictures! Please head on over to Glass On Web for more exciting details and pictures of the Grand Canyon Skywalk.