A Paper Bridge Crossing A Babbling Brook

Environmental artist Steve Messam and paper company Cropper James collaborated to weave nature with creativity for their bright red temporary installation ‘PaperBridge’.

 

“It stands up in the same way a stone bridge does. Paper is a really dense material […] it actually gets stronger when it rains.”This unique artwork, made especially for the landscape of northern England’s Lake District, was commissioned by Lakes Culture for Lakes Ignites. The one-dimensional rural beauty of the picturesque National Park is visually interrupted by thousands of paper layers, assembling a bridge. Countering the assumption that paper is unstable, Messam states: “It stands up in the same way a stone bridge does. Paper is a really dense material. We’ve been working on it for three years and I have had a scale model out in all weather and it actually gets stronger when it rains.”

Sustainability was a major point of consideration in the creation of the artwork, with each piece of paper used returned to Cropper James for recycling.

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All images © Steve Messam

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