Model of PaperBridge by Steve Messam PaperBridge visual by Steve Messam

PaperBridge is a unique and striking installation that features a bright red, arched bridge, made entirely of paper!

It is the work of environmental artist Steve Messam, who will be injecting an intensity of colour and creativity into the Lake District landscape, making a bold and individual statement of form and design.

Boasting no glue, bolts, or any other fixings, PaperBridge instead relies on authentic architectural principles as used in the dry-stone walls and the original packhorse bridges that dot the Lake District.

The installation is a feat of creative engineering designed to be seen within context of the surrounding Cumbrian landscape, a vision evocative of an imaginary journey that challenges viewers to experience and explore the layers of narrative that inform our personal interpretation of our physical environment.

PaperBridge contruction model for Lakes Ignite 2015 by Steve Messam
PaperBridge contruction model for Lakes Ignite 2015 by Steve Messam

PaperBridge will feature at the top of the Grisedale Valley and is site-specific – built for that exact spot. The location is known as a special place amongst walkers and can be accessed by two separate paths. The main one from Patterdale Village follows signs to Grisedale Valley and winds through the shadow of St Sunday’s Crag, whilst the alternative route takes the path signposted to Helvelyn and offers a route that is narrower and wilder in flavour. Both routes involve a good 5 mile round walk and give walkers the opportunity to observe the bridge from afar to understand it within its landscape context.

Comprising 22,000 sheets of paper, the five metre bridge will traverse a stream and connect the land, across which users can journey in exploration.

The installation will be open for a period of 10 days from 8 May and all the paper used will then be returned to Cropper’s Paper Mill Cumbria for recycling.

Discover PaperBridge from 8 – 18 May 2015 in the Grisedale Valley: OS grid ref: NY 362 144

Due to its isolated location, please park in either Glenridding (CA11 0PD) or Patterdale and walk up the well marked track along the Grisedale Valley. The bridge is about an hour’s comfortable walk from the villages.

Please note: The bridge is on common land and you cross at your own risk. We would advise no more than 2 people on the bridge at one time.

You can view the location map here

Visit Steve Messam’s website here

Visit James Cropper website here

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