Camouflaged bridge offers new options for urban industrial design.
New Zealand-based artist Mike Hewson has tried to add a little bit of life to an otherwise dead space in the hope of it being preserved in the future. He achieved this by designing a bridge in a way that it would blend in to the background – in this case a bright blue sky.
Hewson’s work is called “Deconstruction 2013,”a project which attempts to highlight the temporary uselessness of the bridge by effectively deleting it from its engagement with the rest of the streetscape. This is because it links two buildings, one active and one marked for demolition, and until the demolished building is rebuilt, the bridge serves no purpose.
That nature of his work is inspired by the residents attempts to adjust to a new normal following the Canterbury earthquake that shook the southern coast of New Zealand in 2010. The 7.1-magnitude quake also sparked an extended series of aftershocks that bombarded the country’s second largest city, Christchurch, into 2012.
Amidst ongoing construction, and deconstruction of the city, residents have grown frustrated, something Hewson also hopes to address with his work. His artwork can be seen as the blue sky ahead, a scene of serenity and peace that while not visible yet, it just around the corner – or in this case, behind a building.
Click through the images below to see more angles of this innovative structure.