Bambuco Bridge

The Bambuco Bridge was a temporary outdoor sculpture in the form of a simple suspension bridge spanning the River Tyne, England, made entirely from bamboo wood.[1] The public art was designed and built for the SummerTyne festival, part of the NewcastleGateshead initiative.

Bambuco Bridge
Bambuco Bridge 1.jpg
Year18 July 2008 (2008-07-18)–20 July 2008 (2008-07-20)
MediumBamboo and rope
SubjectSimple suspension bridge
Dimensions25 m × 120 m (82 ft × 390 ft)
LocationNewcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead
Coordinates54°58′09″N 1°36′14″W / 54.9692°N 1.6039°W / 54.9692; -1.6039


The 'bridge' was actually a sculpture and could not be used for human or vehicular transport.[2] The sculpture opened for its three-day run at 10:00 on 18 July 2008, and closed on 20 July; the opening coincided with the start of the ten-day SummerTyne festival.[3][4] There was a light show at 21:00 on 18 July to officially mark the occasion. After the three-day period, the bridge was dismantled in late July.

Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead commissioned the Australia-based firm Bambuco to create the bridge sculpture from 20 tonnes (in 800 pieces)[5] of bamboo in 2008, the 80th anniversary of the construction of the Tyne Bridge. The sculpture's construction started in late June 2008. It was located between the Tyne Bridge and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge and spanned 120 m (390 ft) across the river, at a height of 25 m (82 ft). The sculpture—which had its legs next to HMS Calliope on the Gateshead bank and the law courts on the Newcastle bank—was also at a slight angle across the river.[2] The founder of Bambuco, Simon Barley had the initial idea of a bamboo bridge over the Tyne, but died in 2007 before the project could be undertaken; Bambuco toyed with calling this bridge the Bridge of Si's, a play on Venice's Bridge of Sighs.[2]

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  1. ^ "Bamboo bridge work starts on Tyne". BBC News. BBC. 26 June 2008. Retrieved 3 July 2008.
  2. ^ a b c Whetstone, David (24 May 2008). "Eighth Tyne bridge that can't be crossed on foot". The Journal. Newcastle upon Tyne: Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 3 July 2008.
  3. ^ "2008 projects". Bambuco. Archived from the original on 22 July 2008. Retrieved 3 July 2008.
  4. ^ "SummerTyne". Newcastle/Gateshead. Archived from the original on 4 December 2008. Retrieved 3 July 2008.
  5. ^ Collett, Chris (29 June 2008). "Bambuco bridges the gap". Metro. London: DMG Media. Retrieved 3 July 2008.

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