Gateshead Millennium Bridge is a pedestrian and cyclist bridge stretching over River Tyne in England between Gateshead’s Quays arts quarter on the south bank and the Quayside of Newcastle on the north bank.
The bridge is basically formed from two graceful curves, one forming the deck and the other one supporting it. In order to let the ships pass underneath, the bridge rotates as a single, rigid structure. While the arch tilts lower, the pathway raises, each counterbalancing the other and in this way a pathway over the river is created.
Because of its appearance when in motion, the bridge is also called the “Blinking Eye Bridge” or the “Winking Eye Bridge” since it has a shape resembling to the blinking of an eye if seen from along the river.