Bridges, not Walls
“We build too many walls and not enough bridges” – Sir Isaac Newton
From time to time our craft pops up in all sorts of different places. We spoke to Luke Jerram, the artist behind the ‘Quilted Bridge’ or textile bombed bridge at Llangollen and this is what we discovered. Luke is a celebrated UK Installation artist and has created some amazing artwork.
This new temporary installation artwork has been commissioned by the Eisteddfod in Llangollen, for presentation 9th July- 4th August 2021. With support from the Welsh Government, this is Luke’s first major commission for Wales.
The Eisteddfod has a long and rich history of working with different communities and nations across the world to bring people together to share their creativity and a message of peace.
“When I first saw the medieval Llangollen Bridge I fell in love with it. It’s so iconic and at the heart of the town. Across the world, bridges have always been used as both a physical and symbolic way to connect people – which fits perfectly with the aims and ambitions of the Eisteddfod. I can’t wait to see the patchworks the creative people from the local community send in, in order to turn the bridge into a work of art.” said Luke
The 60m long bridge has been wrapped both sides in giant patchwork to reflect the crafts and cultures of Wales, but also the participating nations of the Eisteddfod. Transforming the bridge into a work of art, the colours are inspired by the incredible fabrics worn by the festival performers. The artwork brings the Eisteddfod’s creativity out from the festival field, into the town, transforming and animating Llangollen for the whole world to see.
Of the 1000 patches, over 100 patchwork squares were designed and made by the public, embedding a sense of local pride and ownership within the community. Many visitors brought their friends and family to find the artwork they had helped to make.
From every angle the bridge is an incredible sight to see, changing with the light and weather conditions. Even the water beneath the bridge is transformed with its reflections of colour from the bridge.
Did you take part in Luke’s event? It would be amazing to hear how you got involved and maybe hear your own story of the quilt or patch you contributed.
If you want to find out more about Luke’s work you can visit his website and discover for yourself some of the amazing work he has created.