The bright red colour drawing the eye and interfering with the natural environment, while at the same time creating compositional balance with the green backdrop and flow of water. The Lake District has a long and important history in the perception of landscape and aesthetics. Paperbridge is seen as part of its continuing and evolving legacy.
The piece is site-specific – a piece built for that exact spot. For its balance of mountain and flowing beck. Two footpaths travel up either side of the valley at that point. A footbridge between the two has an element of purpose. The paths around the valley provide a defined number of sightlines of the bridge – all of which have been considered to ensure visitors not only get to understand the piece within its landscape context but also to take away strong photographic images.
PaperBridge is made from paper specially made by James Cropper at the Burneside Mill. As a leading manufacturer in coloured paper the piece also celebrates the world-class manufacturing that takes place in Cumbria. James Cropper is the only paper mill in the world capable of producing paper of such vibrancy and colour to the strict environmental standards this piece requires. In short, PaperBridge could not happen anywhere else other than Cumbria.
Paper is a simple material made from wood pulp and water. The materials have a resonance with the natural environment. All the paper used in PaperBridge will be recovered and returned to Burneside Mill for recycling – re-plulping and made into new paper. This transparent cycle is part of the overall environmental narrative of the piece.
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