A Step-stone bridge
is a simple bridging
allowing a pedestrian
to cross a natural watercourse or pond, or a garden's water feature
where water is allowed to course between stone steps. Unlike other bridges it has no spans. Step-stone bridges, along with log bridges
are likely to be the oldest bridge types. They are often built by hikers and disarranged during periods of high, fast water.
In Landscape design
and Garden design
, Step-Stone bridges
cross natural landscape
style and Asian themed water features
and "dry landscape"
symbolic "water gardens."
Step-Stone bridges are seen in traditional and contemporary Chinese gardens
and Japanese gardens
, and Zen rock gardens
. It is a principal bridge types in these gardens, along with Moon bridges
A Zig-zag bridge
was traditionally used to allow the pedestrian to fool and evade "evil spirits" following them, and used in Zen gardens
In classic and formal western culture
traditional water garden and reflecting pool
landscapes the stepping stones may be crisp rectilinear forms of stone with honed or flame treated surfaces.
Stones wider than thick may be securely mounted in a "mushroom with stalk" method, with the support stem hidden below the water's surface for a floating aesthetic.
Modernist urban park
landscapes, such as the Seattle Freeway Park
and Keller Fountain Park
, Downtown Portland
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