Unveiling of the Name Plaque for the Bridge by Lord Mayor Himmelsbach, Dr. Gilcher, and Dr. Browne
Adolf Cluss Bridge in Heilbronn
In his hometown of Heilbronn, Adolf Cluss now has a bridge named after him: on 2 November 2006, Lord Mayor Helmut Himmelsbach dedicated the Adolf Cluss Bridge over the Neckar River in the presence of Dr. Joseph Browne and Dr. William Gilcher, representing the Cluss Team from Washington, DC.
The bridge consists of two elegantly swung steel footbridges, one of which extends Lohtorstrasse across the old Neckar to Hefenweiler Island while the other leads via the Flossgasse to Kranen Island.
At the dedication ceremony, Mayor Himmelsbach referred to the construction as an “important building block for three additional major projects“ - referring to the planned Science Center in the Hagenbucher, the Neckar Park, and the Bundesgartenschau (the annual German Federal Garden Show) slated for Heilbronn in 2019.
The cost of construction was about 1.5 million Euros, around one-third of which came from Baden-Württemberg’s state redevelopment fund. Illumination for the bridge, including an artistic band of light on the handrailing, was funded by ZEAG Energy.
Washington’s Mayor, Anthony A. Williams, sent his greetings for the dedication ceremony. In his letter, Mayor Williams expressed his hope that the new bridge will be seen “as a reminder of the bridges that have been built by the Adolf Cluss Project between our two cities and countries.” Dr. William Gilcher of the Goethe-Institut Washington read Mayor Williams’ letter aloud. His colleague, Dr. Joseph Browne, brought greetings from the Cluss Team in Washington.
The mayor of Heilbronn, Mr. Himmelsbach, talks with the prime minister of Baden-Württemberg, Mr. Oettinger, via the Communication Bridge in the Cube
Heilbronn - Washington: At the Adolf Cluss Cube in Heilbronn and in the Sumner School, Washington D.C., visitors could learn more about the project and Adolf Cluss and about past and present in the two cities by an offline 'media and information server'. This included also a transatlantic communication bridge between both Cluss-exhibits: Webcams provided pictures from both exhibitions to both sides and allowed visitors to take a look at the Cluss-exhibit on the other side of the atlantic.
Initially, it was planned to install a video-conferencing-system, so that visitors in both exhibitions would have been able to communicate with each other by a real time picture-sound-transmission, and that they would have been able to assist to events on the other side of the atlantic. Unfortunately, this exciting plan wasn't able to be realized because of insuperable technical difficulties with the data transfer network. Nevertheless, a real time picture-sound transmission was enabled (via cell phone) on special occasions like the visit of the prime minister of Baden-Württemberg in the Sumner School Exhibition, or the presentation of the Cluss CD.
This project was projected and implemented by the University of Applied Sciences Heilbronn. The software tool was developed by graduand Manuel Carrara under the supervision of Professor Jörg Winkler of the Department of Software Engineering.