An Australian artist married a French bridge last month.
Jodi Rose, who records the vibrations of bridge cables for her “Singing Bridges” project, married Le Pont du Diable, a 600-year-old bridge in Southern France on June 17. Fourteen guests, including the mayor of Saint-Jean-de-Fos, attended the wedding, which was held at the bridge’s entrance.
“He makes me feel connected to the earth and draws me to rest from my endless nomadic wanderings,” Rose wrote on her blog, Bridgeland.
She went on to explain that her love for The Devil’s Bridge is “a symbolic affair, a pagan/animist view of the spiritual vibration in everything.” Rose said the bridge understands that she loves other bridges and men.
“Ours is a love that embraces the vagaries of life, as materialized in the swirling currents of the river that flows beneath his magnificent body,” she continued. “This is why I am marrying the bridge. He is fixed, stable, rooted to the ground, while I am nomadic, transient, ever on the road.”
Le Pont du Diable was constructed by Benedictine monks in the first half of the 11th century, and provided a link between the abbey at Aniane and the Gellone Abbey at Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert. The bridge was widened and raised several meters around 1770. The bridge is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture.
A bridge isn’t the only inanimate object someone has married. In 2012, an Occupy Seattle protestor married an abandoned warehouse.
“I’m doing this to show the building how much I love it, how much I love community space, and how much I love this neighborhood. And I want to stop it from gentrification,” said Baylonia Aivaz. “If corporations can have the [same] rights as people, so can buildings.”
What do you think of Jodi Rose’s marriage to The Devil’s Bridge?
[Photo courtesy of: Bridgeland / Christian Schallert]