NOTE: This is a theoretical article about Simmel’s use of bridge and gate images as a metaphor for analyzing human relationships.
The image of external things; In the external nature everything is thought to be interconnected, at the same time, it has ambiguous dimensions that can be seen as discrete. The uninterrupted transformations of materials and energies relate everything to everything and create all the cosmos from the individual elements.
On the other hand, objects continue to be driven in a brutal separation of space. No particle of matter can share its space with another, and a real union of difference is not present in a spatial sense. Thanks to this equal demand on the concepts of self-exclusion; natural existence does not seem to resist any application of these. In contrast to nature, the right to secession by attachment is given only to man, and one of these activities is always the presupposition of the other. To define anything as separate; If we choose two items from the intact store of things, we associate them with another in our consciousness. We emphasize these two in spite of the distinction between them. Previously, we may feel that things we isolate from one another are only related to one another. We have to leave first to be together. It would be pointless to connect what is practically and logically unconnected, and indeed, in a sense, what is left. The formula in which both types of activities come together in human enterprises is something that can naturally lead us to all our activities, whether the commitment or separation is inherently perceived and whether the alternative is our duty. In the symbolic, physical and intellectual sense, we distinguish those who are connected at all times, or connect to those who are separate.
The first people who built a road between two places realized one of the greatest achievements of humanity. No matter how often they could move between the two, the way that the earth was properly bound to the earth was visibly affected. The desire to connect and the shaping of things; frequently, irrespective of their frequency or rarity, each repetition had become a pattern in which the will was present. Road construction; especially human success. The animal continually overcomes a separation and often out of the cleverest and most ingenious ways, but the beginning and the end remain independent of one another, but not the miracle of the path. His movement freezes to a rigid structure that starts in it and ends in it.
This success reaches the peak in the construction of a bridge. Here, the desire of human attachment seems to be facing not only the passive resistance of spatial segregation, but also the active resistance of a particular configuration. The bridge overcomes this barrier, expands the space area. -Only- it is not just the rim of a river for us. Collars; If we had not attached it to our practical ideas, our needs and our fantasy, then the concept of separation would have no meaning. But the natural form here, if we consider this concept in a positive sense; separation seems to have been imposed by the soul, dominated and united, among themselves and the elements within them. The bridge turns into an aesthetic value only as long as it provides a link between the actual and practical goals not being fulfilled but by making it visible directly.
In general, people see a bridge in a landscape as a -pictural element. Because the coincidence given by nature rises to a unity with a purely intellectual nature. Yet, thanks to its immediate spatial visibility, the art of purity means that it has a truly true aesthetic value that it represents when it merely brings its spiritually acquired unity to the ideal unity of the natural. In the relation between separation and unity, the bridge always allows the accent to fall to the second. It also overcomes the separation of anchor points that make them visible and measurable. The door shows in a more decisive way how it dissociates. Attachment is only two sides of the exact same action.
The man who built a hut for the first time revealed the human capacity against nature, especially since it cut a piece of nature’s continuity and infinity and organized it according to a certain unity. Thus, a piece of space was brought together and left the rest of the world. Thanks to the fact that there is a connection between the place of man and all that is left out of him, as in the door, he has crossed the separation between the interior and exterior. The bridge is quiet, but the door is talking. Man creates a limit for himself; however, it is thought that with this freedom, it can remove this limit and place it outside of itself.
On the bridge, the factors of separation and adherence are more visible as the concern of the old nature and the concern of humanity, and when it comes to the door, both are seen as more human success. This means that the door is richer and more lively than the bridge. However, the door shows a complete difference between intention and input …
1- It is used for images whose status and appearance are worth the picture.