La Fête de la Transhumance (the seasonal migration of livestock to a suitable grazing area) adopts an ovine form in Provence in early summer. Local shepherds lead their flocks to mountain pastures, a procession that now attracts viewers from far and near.
In Arles, the Nouveau Pont has been constructed to enable the migrating sheep to cross the Rhone with ease. The bridge carries much traffic on the E80 and N113, but beneath the road hangs a fully enclosed lower level. It acts as an everyday crossing point for pedestrians and cyclists, plus a long wall that invites graffiti artists. Its primary reason for existence in this form, however, is to create a safe passage for sheep and shepherds.
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 22 December 2017
Posted as part of Thursday Special