A mundane concrete bridge, enlivened by a gathering of colourful columns.



This is Pont Iris, one of two bridges which cross the railway line in Parc Georges Valbon.  Clearly both were built as functional bridges designed for road traffic.  One is still plain and used by service vehicles.  Pont Iris, now reserved for pedestrians and bikes, has been turned into an intriguing, colourful crossing.  From some angles the varied, multicoloured columns look a cheerful muddle.  As you move around the space the view sometimes shows a more subtle blend of colour and form.


Editing this post alongside reading accounts of the terrible events in Orlando last night, the gathering of rainbow columns starts to take on the appearance of a silent vigil. I don’t know whether this installation was intended as a celebration of diversity but it could certainly be viewed that way.