It connects the two shores of an artificial lake in the western part of the park. The footbridge is part of a new master plan for the botanical garden, designed to provide visitors with a clear sightseeing route. It connects the part of Kew Gardens adjacent to the Thames and its southern zone.
Named after the Dr. Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation, which funded its construction, another role of the “ferry” is to create new opportunities for admiring the views of the park.
A bridge curved like the Latin S passes by the island, planted with picturesque trees. It is paved with strips of dark granite, laid like sleepers, and slender bronze posts play the role of railings. The top of each of them conforms to the shape of a human hand to make it easier for visitors to lean on the fence. Depending on the point of view, the intervals between the bronze supports appear and disappear.
The minimum distance between the bridge and the water creates the impression that it is floating on the surface of the lake.