Cardboard, duct tape and nothing else! These are the materials chosen by the French artist Olivier Grossetête to build an 18-meter-high bridge over the Tiber in Rome.

About ten volunteers built the structure indoors, before transporting it to the banks of the river. The bridge will float above the water, suspended by three large balloons.

The installation aims to pay homage and symbolically complete a project of Cardinal Farnese in the 16th century: to connect the Palazzo Farnese to the gardens of Villa Farnesina, on the other side of the Tiber.

The project had been entrusted to neither more nor less than Michelangelo, but had never been able to come to an end. Too expensive, even for Cardinal Farnese, the one who would become the future Pope Paul III.

The artist Olivier Grossetête has already have experience in this type of architectural installation temporary, but never on a river.

“These are very fragile constructions, very sensitive to the wind, and building above a river adds challenges”, concludes the artist.

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