Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The shape of a finger

FingerspanFingerspan is secluded deep among the trees along the steep banks of the Wissahickon Gorge, just a short walk south from Livezey House, so that you tend to stumble upon it with surprise rather than seek it out as a destination. If you are in a hurry, you might think "What an odd little bridge," and keep on going. If you are in a more contemplative mood, you will stop in the middle of the span and admire the unique view of the Wissahickon through the punched-hole mesh. Then you might turn around and see the "knuckles" and the "nail" and realize that this is more than just a bridge.
When I think of a bridge, I think of a reaching, a touching, a connection. So I decided to use a finger, the shape of a finger, for the bridge.
-- Jody Pinto
A mini-documentary on artist Jody Pinto's inspiration, as well as footage of the installation of Fingerspan, can be found here: http://www.fpaa.org/child/Fingerspan-PeterRose.html.

4 comments:

Abraham Lincoln said...

Hi Dan,

Oh, I love this post that you did on bridges. It is a remarkable adventure and when I first looked I thought of the Conestoga covered wagon from your state. Wow. What a reminder of those times this is.

Bridges are handy things and beat wading and sure beat rivers and gorges and some thrill with their eternal swaying. I guess I like them because somebody made them work.

If you visited one of my blogs then that it what brought me here to return it and comment too. Thanks, Dan.

Abraham Lincoln
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Lori said...

How beautiful. I love the shadows of the leaves on the bridge. It must have been a lovely place to walk. It really does look like a finger! (Though I agree with Abe too, that it reminds me of a wagon.)

Just Roaming The Cities said...

This view reminds me of a covered wagon :) Cool post.

Wayfaring Wanderer said...

That is the coolest little bridge EVER!!!

Thanks for sharing :o)