Reading: Australian Woman Marries Bridge


Many countries around the world are discussing same-sex marriage. No country is discussing the rights and wrongs of marrying a bridge. But that is what an Australian woman has done. Artist Jodi Rose fell in love with the 600-year-old Le Pont du Diable (the Devil’s Bridge) in France and got married to it last month. However, France does not recognise marriages between people and bridges. Nevertheless, 14 guests attended the wedding ceremony to see the happy couple become not man and wife, but bridge and wife. The mayor of the nearby town also came to bless the marriage. Jodi wore a white wedding dress for the occasion. She also had a special ring (which is almost one metre high) made for the bridge.


The happy bride and bridge

Jodi Rose travels the world visiting bridges. She records the sounds and vibrations they make. She then turns these into experimental music for her “Singing Bridges” project. She said it was love at first sight for the Devil’s Bridge. She posted on her blog Bridgeland: “Although he is made of stone…I feel at peace in his strong embrace. He makes me feel connected to the earth.” She added that the bridge makes her feel comfortable after travelling non-stop around the world. Ms Rose explained why she married the bridge, saying it was symbolic because she values “the spiritual vibration in everything”. She also explained her love for it: “The perfect husband… strong and silent,” she said.


Decide which of these topics or words from the article are most interesting and which are most boring:

marriage / rights and wrongs / bridges / guests / nearby town / wedding dress / ring / travels the world / experimental music / feel at peace / vibration / strong and silent

Comprehension Questions:

  1. How many countries are talking about same-sex marriage?
  2. How many countries are talking about marrying bridges?
  3. How old was the bridge the woman married?
  4. How many people went to the wedding?
  5. What was almost a metre high?
  6. What does Jodi do with her recordings?
  7. When did she fall in love with the bridge?
  8. What does the bridge make Jodi feel connected to?
  9. What kind of vibration in everything does Jodi value?
  10. Why is her husband perfect?

Try to recall how they were used in the text:

  • countries
  • wrongs
  • last
  • guests
  • happy
  • special
  • travels
  • music
  • sight
  • non-stop
  • why
  • strong

Discussion Questions:

  1. What springs to mind when you hear the word ‘marriage’?
  2. How has marriage changed in the past 100 years?
  3. What is marriage to you?
  4. What do you think of someone marrying a bridge?
  5. Should countries let people marry things?
  6. What do you think the wedding ceremony was like?
  7. What wedding vow (promise) do you think Jodi made to the bridge?
  8. What wedding present would you buy the bridge and wife?
  9. Why do so many marriages these days break up?
  10. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
  11. Do celebrity marriages work?
  12. Have you ever fallen in love at first sight?
  13. What wedding vows (promises) would you make to your partner?
  14. What is the perfect marriage?