This arched six-posted, 5 foot wooden bridge is the perfect addition to any home garden for its beauty as well as the representational meanings in traditional oriental gardens.
In traditional Chinese alchemy, wood is considered one of the sacred five elements.
Associated with the east, the planet Jupiter, strength, flexibility (like bamboo), warmth, generosity, co-operation, idealism, expansiveness, outgoing, socially conscious, in constant search for growth, the beginning of life, springtime, buds, sensuality and fecundity.
According to Chinese medicine, wood influences the liver, gallbladder and consequently, digestion, having lasting therapeutic force on emotions like rage and altruism.
In water gardens things made from wood are traditionally used to combat woods opposing emotional states, like anger and depression, wood is one of the regenerative elements of nature.
A wooden bridge in Japanese water gardens comes with all of these deep inner meanings, as well as the very fact that bridges are used as a path over something.
So if we lay sand or rock below the bridge, the meaning would be far different than if we streamed water, while a mix of these elements, would mean something else entirely.
This wooden bridge is easy to assemble; within one and a half to two hours and offers an excellent opportunity to covering streams of water and beds of sand or rock.
This wooden bridge supports up to 200 pounds and measures 58 ¾ x 26 ½ x 21 ½ , an excellent way to promote the sensation of strength and flexibility through the wooden arches and posts, that take the traveler from one state of being and onto another.