Paperbridge is a temporary installation made of 22,000 sheets of red paper by environmental artist Steve Messam. Located over a stream in the Lake District of England, the bridge uses no glue, bolts, or other fixings but instead relies on sound architectural principles used in drystone walls and the original packhorse bridges found in the Lake District.
PaperBridge is a temporary artwork made for and about the landscape of the Lake District. On an aesthetic level the piece acts as a focal point within a vast open landscape. 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.+