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Urban Intervention — BRIDGE

BRIDGE — a temporary installation connecting people and space                 

Bridge is an urban, temporary or semi-permanent installation where a physical connection is made between the two sides of the canal zone in Brussels. It is made out of two tower cranes that come together horizontally above the water. The result is a bridge that is portable and not only serves as a bridge, but is also a statement about mobility, connections, public space and urbanism.

Gijs Van Vaerenbergh — Temporary Bridge

The installation connects the two quays along the canal, but also changes the relationship of that public space - and thus also the citizens - with the water. The canal becomes a central square. The bridge is not just a new connection between two public spaces, it generates a new dynamic on both sides. It's also an accessible space that offers a new view (of the city). The central point is higher, thus creating new perspectives. Because the bridge has two 'parts', it depicts and encourages an encounter. Of passers-by on the bridge itself, but also of these two parts of Brussels.

The recognizable character of the tower cranes in combination with the unusual arrangement (horizontal) makes the bridge universally legible as an artistic 'intervention' rather than purely an architectural or urban planning operation.

BRIDGE gets its first 'home' on the Béco Dock and forms part of the scenography for Brussel Bad in 2017 (7 July to 15 August). A follow-up project will then be developed, where the bridge can also be moved to other places over the canal. The bridge is thereby turned into a portable installation that can make a 'connection' along the canal, at different locations and at different times. 

The placement of the bridge is both technically spectacular and poetic. The moment of placement can be regarded as a performance that is not only a physical movement, but also a cultural experience. Therefore, on Monday, 26 June, around 6pm, the placement of the bridge can also be viewed as a public performance.

Co-production: BME vzw and Architecture Workroom Brussels

Design: Gijs Van Vaerenbergh

Sponsoring by suppliers: Sarens Kranen, Benelmat, e.a.

With the support of the City of Brussels, the Cabinet of Minister Pascal SMET and the Brussels Regional Administrative Office, Brussels Mobility.

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With structural support from the Flemish government and regular support from the Brussels capital region and other regional and local governments.