The Moon is relatively close to the Earth and any significant development on its surface may be able to be seen in the night sky, at least for those that are curious. A lunar bridge, spanning a craterlet central to the crater named Plato, would be seen from Earth, through a telescope, in turn exciting the imagination for what might come next. Rather than offer a vision of urbanisation, this project proposes a vision of history, wherein the lunar bridge links the past and the future, offering an infrastructural scaffolding for whatever is next. It is something to be surpassed and added. It will hopefully become the first ruin of the Moon, in turn creating an architectural history, a past to move forward from.
As the Moon has a much smaller diameter than that of the Earth, the horizon appears much closer to those who would stand on the lunar surface. The gentle arc of the Lunar Bridge provides the illusion to those that venture over it, of walking towards the Earth.
As you walk across the bridge, you are compelled to engage with the Earth and with the origins of the Anthropocene. Clocks at the entry to the bridge, one marking lunar time, the other Earth time, allow you to synchronise your walk with that of an earthbound friend. As you walk over the bridge towards the Earth, that friend can look through their telescope and find you waving at them, moving towards them, connected across the vacuum of space.
The bridge also acts as a museum of sorts, collecting the history of the Moon; retired lunar vehicles, artefacts, and satellites for display in their natural habitat. Arriving from Earth, visitors access platforms at the base of the columns where they can explore the bridge and interact with the history of lunar exploration while pondering the future of lunar habitation and beyond. Manufactured from 3d-printed lunar regolith, display platforms can be added as required. In this way the bridge becomes the nexus for all future development both physical and cultural.