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Bridge

25 Nov

Leonardo Da Vinci is my hero: Artist and Scientist – a genuine Polymath.

Of course I tried to emulate him when I was eight by convincing myself that I could hold a sheet of hard board over my head and glide from the top of a wall over the park near where we lived in Matlock. I had been inspired by his glider (below), and by the works of our model aeroplane enthusiast and neighbour, Mike Green.

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I chucked myself off the six foot wall leading to the swings holding the sheet of hardboard aloft …..and promptly plummeted to earth, losing my grip on the hardboard sheet and falling in a bruised heap. To add insult to injury the board came crashing down on my head.

Leonardo would have laughed. More recently I came across his design for a simple bridge made of poles that interlock in my search for a new engaging sculpture project, following the success of the Ruskin Sculpture.I made a Leonardo bridge with my friends in the Shire Brook Valley. This man in particular helped me by bringing ‘feeling’ to the exercise.

He is both original and aboriginal: sensustricto – he exists in a land from the dawn of time: when instinct was the human imperative. A man unafraid to express his feelings, and respond with loving kindness, creativity in pure form. Will Ferraby is a human Bridge.

This little film of him making a special knife for Michelin Star Chef Michel Roux shows you what I mean.

I thought a modular bridge would be a fine thing to make. Rivers are so important to Sheffield’s heritage and life, connecting people across the many rivers of South Yorkshire has become a deep underlying theme in our landscape. I looked to Leonardo and used natural sustainable materials gleaned from the landscape of South Yorkshire (coppiced hazel), using skills learned as a professional Ranger between 2004 -2013.

Since the making of ‘ The Bridge over The River, Why’ I have experimented with different materials.

The original ‘Bridge over The River Why’ and the people that helped me are now a part of my long term memory.

The project name flowed from my Opa’s experience on The Burma Railway line – just as he had to leave friends to die in the jungle, in order to survive – so we too must move on betimes. Cross bridges/burn bridges.

Memory is a temporal bridge.

Deep within our own brains we have a vital bridge called the Corpus Callosum, which connects the right and left hemispheres. Above, and around it, lies a structure shaped like a cresting wave called the Hippocampus – it is the seat of long term memory and emotion, and an important part of the Limbic System. Recent studies suggest a link between Hippocampus volume and BiPolar disorder the condition I was diagnosed with in 2001.

I sometimes entertain the notion that researchers might one day investigate the relationship between the Hippocampus and the corpus callosum in BiPolar brains like mine – for the right and left bits of my brain are constantly chucking each other ‘off the wall’.

The Hippocampus is named after the half-horse/half fish monsters which tow Poseidon’s chariot through the galloping surf.

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I shall continue to build bridges using ideas gleaned from dialogue, myth  and inventions of and, in these troubled times, engage people to connect with The Old Land.

I also reserve the right to burn a few bridges when I find ‘un-aboriginal’ thought or poisoned ground.