In 2012 I embarked on one of my favourite projects and residencies to date – 4 months as Bridge Guard in the town of Sturovo in Slovakia, or Parkany, its former name when it was still part of Hungary, as many of the locals still referred to it. I loved everything about this residency, which has been going now for over 20 years and you can see why it’s so successful. Karol and Haneke Fruhauf, who run the residency, treat every ‘Bridge Guardian’ with absolute respect and pay for your time, provide beautiful accommodation and the whole program is set up so that, with mutual agreement, you can get on with your proposal as you wish. The community in and around the Bridge Guard residency is so well established in the town now that there is always support if you need it, so you never feel alone. I was determined to embed myself in local life and succeeded easily. The friends and experiences I had there I’ll cherish forever. I worked with the local school, meeting Viktor Krc who became an unofficial videographer of my time there with some hilarious videos! All I can say in advance is I was doing it for the kids!
Promo video by Viktor Krc:
More videos by Vik during our time together can be found here:
Bridge Guard Night Pre-invitation video
BRIDGE GUARD NIGHT – CHAPTER 1: LANTERNS, FIREWORKS AND WELCOME DRINKS – FEATURING JOVILAGVAN
THE BRIDGE GUARD NIGHT – CHAPTER 2 : FEATURING JOVILAGVAN PLAYING LIVE IN MY LIVING ROOM
Vik was still at school at the time of making these videos and we had such a laugh making them and we’re still in touch now. My work, Tales From The Bridge, came from not being able to get to the bridge some days to draw, sketch, photograph and explore, simply as it was too cold. As my blog became more relevant to my time there and the conversations and stories I heard, I decided to bring the bridge inside, into the warm and build in parts of conversations and moments I’d recorded in the blog, incorporating it into the bridge which I recreated inside the Bridge Guard accommodation itself.
Bridge Guard website:http://www.bridgeguard.org/
My blog posts can be found starting here: http://jaynelawless.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-bridge-guard-part-1-flying.html