A four ton bridge made entirely of red paper has been set up in upper Grisedale. But there's no need for angry letters: it's just a temporary art installation, part of Lakes Culture’s spring arts programme Lakes Ignite.
According to Lakes Culture: 'PaperBridge has been the dream of Teesdale based artist Steve Messam for over three years, which continues his series of ambitious temporary installations in rural landscapes. As with previous works, PaperBridge is a bold contemporary statement in a conserved environment and bound with layers of narrative about landscape, whilst remaining accessible to all. The artist brings with him over ten years’ experience in delivering large-scale projects in the landscape and an international reputation.'
Spanning 4m over Grisedale Beck, the bridge is totally free-standing, and held together without glue, screws, bolts, fixings or other supports. It has been constructed using over 4.2 tonnes of bright red paper, which was made in a single piece measuring over 10 miles by the James Cropper company near Kendal, and then cut into 22,000 sheets.
'Cropper’s is the only paper mill in the world capable of producing paper of such vibrancy and colour to the strict environmental standards this piece required' say Lakes Culture.
PaperBridge can be found between two parallel paths in Grisedale (NY362144), about 2 miles walk from Patterdale, until 18 May.