Photographer's Note

The Hertford Bridge, most commonly known as Bridge of Sighs, is one of Oxford's most famous landmarks

built in 1914, is more of a skyway joining two parts of Hertford College over New College Lane in Oxford, England. Its distinctive design makes it a city landmark.

The legend of the Bridge of Sighs says that many decades ago, there was a survey of the health of Oxford University students, and when Hertford College's students were found to be the heaviest, the college closed off the bridge that links the old and new quads in order to force the students to take the stairs, thereby getting more exercise. Sadly, this legend turns out to be false. The bridge is always open, and requires students to use more stairs than if they didn't use the bridge at all.

The city's planners decided on a bridge to link two quads to the master quad because it would be "less disruptive than a tunnel".

The sound installation entitled Sospiri, meaning "sighs" in Italian, will be played underneath the bridge on Friday and Saturday.

But it has already received "strange looks" from passers-by during the practice run said Dr Skipp, also Hertford's music tutor.

The work is meant to evoke imagined "sighs of love and frustration" emitted around the bridge by amorous students or those worrying about exams


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