THE CAMBRIAN EXPLOSION

(Cambria Bridge)

There are 9 railway bridges in Loughborough Junction. Of these only one, the Cambria Road bridge, is blocked off from traffic. It is a raw brickwork structure covered in part with steel rail bridge structure and in-situ concrete slabs for the remainder of the bridge. The brickwork was mottled and streaked with calcium deposits. This is the seventh bridge but became the first in the 7 Bridges project. It was chosen as a pilot for the larger scheme, to help setting the scene. Along with the artists in the area and beyond, local schools have participated and created fossils as part of their arts programme, under the guidance of mosaic artist Tamara Froud. The artists names are displayed separately from their fossil in a taxonomy plaque located on the end of the bridge ensuring that there will always be a fossil hunt at the Cambria Bridge.

‘The Cambrian Explosion’ project takes its inspiration from the name of Cambria Road and has been transformed by a creation of a collection of ‘fossils’ created by 32 local artists. Check out the video of the completion day on 14 March 2014

Here's a record of the launch of the Cambria Bridge, ‘The Cambrian Explosion’, as well as the launch of the Loughborough Junction World War 1 Augmented Reality App on 6 September 2014

And check here the video made by artist Marc Cowan about the making of the beautiful bollards he created for the Cambria Bridge

This animated video by artist Marie Lenclos, was produced by a class of Year 6 children inspired by the 7 Bridges project

ARTISTS

Hover over the artworks and click to find out who's done what under the Cambria Bridge:

Cambria Bridge East side

Tamara Froud & schools mosaic 1 Derval Tubridy Ray Mahabir @ SIA Andrew G. Johnston Rufus Knight Webb Tamara Froud & schools mosaic 2 Georgina Evans Ivano Darra Tamara Froud & schools mosaic 3 David Williams Tamara Froud & schools mosaic 4 Patrick Sterne Emerald Mosley Layla Collier Rafael Atencia - artwork part 1 Rafael Atencia - artwork part 2 Rafael Atencia - artwork part 3 Rachael Rosen

Cambria Bridge West side

Bridget Bailey Robert Aberdein Gabriele Darra Lesley Hilling Federica Dalla Vecchia schools' artwork Carolynn Russ Dan Kelly Jez Jacobs - artwork 1 Jez Jacobs - artwork 2 Jez Jacobs - artwork 3 Sudipta Modi Imogen Reid Sian Jones Tamara Froud & schools mosaic 6 Richard Harrison Dermot Daly Walter G. Reed Tamara Froud & schools mosaic 6 Walter G. Reed Tamara Froud Markus Harvey