The Bridge Guard Residential Art - Science Centre supports artists, scientists or any other professionals working on projects with the idea of bringing together, connecting, bridging. The Maria Valeria Bridge between Štúrovo (Slovakia) and Esztergom (Hungary) has been reconstructed again in 2001. In its long history the bridge was longer destroyed than in service. The reconstructed bridge ought to be protected against devastation by human beings. The mental protection is more important than the physical. This program is supported by the 'Stefan and Viera Frühauf' fund, the main carrier of the Bridge Guard Residential Art - Science Centre. The Bridge Guard works on topics such as integrating, bridging, connecting, uniting opposites, exploring and moving boundaries, encountering the unknown in others and within oneself.
Duties of a BridgeGuard: Next to the work on his or her own project, the most important duty of the Bridge Guard consists of observing the bridge every day and of recording the observations in the Bridge Log. In addition, the Bridge Guard is expected to work at least one afternoon with children in the public art school or from the children home, be available for discussions with the high school students at least once, to have at least one public appearance, an exhibition or performance, communicate with the general public, thus building bridges to the people in the town, to leave behind at least one piece of art that can be shown in the permanent exhibition in the bridge guard residency. The visitors are denoted Bridge Guards and they build virtual bridges between human beings, as long as these are strong enough the real bridge is not endangered.
A modestly equipped flat is available with an atelier and a room for the permanent exhibition of the past bridge guards. Bathroom, wash machine and a fully equipped cuisine are also available. The residency can accommodate one bridge guard at a time. However, a bridge guard can be a couple or a family. In the same courtyard is the historical museum of the town.
In Štúrovo in south of Slovakia, on the shores of Danube. It is a small town with 12'000 inhabitants that doubles in the summer season.