Previously called Pont Solferino or Passerelle Solferino, the Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor is a pedestrian bridge that is constructed in 1997-1999. It was given the name passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor in 2006 in honor of Lepold Sedar Senghor, a famous writer and politician who served for two decades as the first president of Senegal. Furthermore, he was the first African to be selected as a member of the Academia Francasise. There used to a cast iron bridge at the location of the current bridge. It was constructed and inaugurated by Napoleon III in 1861 and was named Pont Solferino after the Battle of Solferino. The current Passerelle de Solferino Bridge links the Musee d’Orsay and the Jardin des Tuileries which was built in 1997-1999 by a French architect and engineer Marc Mimram. The architecturally unique bridge crosses the Seine River with a single span and has no piers. The metallic bridge is covered beautifully in Tabebuias woods – a Brazilian tree; giving it a nice warm appearance. The Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor bridge is in close proximity of some of the most popular tourist destinations in Paris including Musee du Louvre Museum, Musee d’Orsay, Tuileries Gardens, Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, Musee National de la Legion d’ Honneur, Thomas Jefferson statue and Jeu de Paume.