Paper Bridge on an English Creek
It is definitely one of the more interesting bridges we’ve seen. PaperBridge is the latest installation by artist Steve Messam. Constructed using 22,000 sheets of bright red paper, weighing in at over 4.2 tons. The structure doesn’t have a single screw, bolt or swab of glue .Messam explains the relation between the bridge and surroundings:
Paper is a simple material made from wood pulp and water. The intensity of colour used in the bridge contrasts with the verdant landscape making a bold statement of form and design. Alongside this the materials used have a resonance with the natural environment and the construction of the bridge also reflects local architectural forms, specifically pack horse bridges found throughout the area. All of the paper used in PaperBridge will be recovered and returned to the Burneside Mill for recycling into new paper once the project ends. This transparent cycle is part of the overall environmental narrative of the piece.