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May 24, 2013

Walk On

“. . . what happens is you begin . . . to develop a taste for uncertainty.”

There is a song by U2 called "Walk on". It is incisive and challenging. It says this…

You're packing a suitcase for a place none of us has been
A place that has to be believed to be seen
. . .

On what you can bring-

The only baggage you can bring
Is all that you can't leave behind
. . .
On what must be left behind-
All that you fashion
All that you make
All that you build
All that you break
All that you measure
All that you steal
All this you can leave behind.

-Music: U2 Lyrics: Bono

In September 2006 Michael Cross showed a first stage prototype of a project called Bridge, in Dilston Grove, south-east London. The Bridge is a series of steps which rise up out of the water in front of you as you walk from one to the next, and then disappear back underneath behind you as you go, leaving you stranded with only one step visible in front of you, and one behind. The bridge ends in the middle of the water, where you find yourself totally isolated and cut off from the shore. You return the way you came. The mixed feelings of peace, isolation, relaxation and fear that the piece elicited were powerful.

~Bridge, by Michael Cross. Curated and commissioned by Andree Cooke