THE reputation of Stockton's Infinity Bridge as an iconic piece of architecture is spreading across the globe.
A stunning image of the award-winning bridge, captured by local amateur photographer Brian Swales, has become the unlikely 'poster boy' for a campaign being run in San Diego where local activists want to see their own local bridge similarly illuminated.
Locals in Southern California are calling for the 'San Diego - Coronado Bay Bridge' to be lit in the same way and have used Brian's breathtaking photography of Stockton's bridge to show just how good it could look. At the moment the Coronado Bridge is illuminated only by street lights.
America's "Dream Villager" magazine - seen by thousands of readers in the State of California - has published the photograph taken by Brian, a member of Stockton Camera Club, after seeing the image on his website, to support their case for the Coronado Bridge to be lit at night.
Brian is delighted that his image is being used so far afield: "I assumed the magazine was based in the UK so I was very surprised to discover it is published in Southern California.
"I enjoyed taking the photograph and it is fantastic that people living so far away are having the opportunity to see it."
Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, Councillor Bob Cook, said: "The Americans really do seem to have been inspired by the lighting of the Infinity Bridge which sees the reflection of the arches in the river at night, creating the infinity symbol. Congratulations to Brian for capturing such an impressive image - it's fantastic that he has helped the reputation of this wonderful landmark to spread further afield and really place Stockton on the international map."
The bridge was built by Stockton Council and Tees Valley Unlimited with support from the regional development agency One North East, the Homes and Communities Agency and local firm Balfour Beatty.
In May, lighting architects Speirs and Major Associates won the Excellence Award for their work on the bridge at the International Association of Lighting Designers awards in Las Vegas.