Artist Steve Messam specialises in environmental art. His works, often ephemeral, are designed to work with their surroundings. His latest piece is a paper bridge set in the heart of the English Lake District. Paper Bridge is made entirely of paper from the Croppers paper mill near Kendal in Cumbria. The abutments are made from locally sourced stone contained in a wire cage. The bridge itself made from leaves of deep red card formed into an arch. No glue, no nails, just gravity to hold it together.
I visited the bridge earlier on today to help out a little by counting visitors and asking people to fill in questionnaires but mainly to look and take pictures. What an absolute delight! I present here a selection of pictures. Click on them for high-res versions.
A bit of background on how I know Steve. Back in 2004 (!) Steve invited me to exhibit at his gallery, The Fold Gallery in Kirby Steven. The resulting exhibition ‘Paper Cut’ was my first, and so far only one man exhibition. There are still a few traces online here.