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Sweeping up, the leaves

Words:
Jan-Carlos Kucharek
Credit: Steve Messam

Artist Steve Messam has been walking rather than printing on paper with his commission PaperBridge last month for the Lake District’s arts programme Lakes Culture. His bridge over a stream was formed of an arc of 20,000 sheets of poppy-red colour fast paper held together purely by the form and the paper’s own weight. Supplied by James Cropper and constructed in Patterdale, Cumbria, the installation supported humans, despite rain gradually compromising its integrity. Recycled at the end of the show, it was a temporary experiment that would have kept progressive Bauhaus Vorkurs teacher Josef Albers rapt.


 

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