The Bridge of No Return
The Military Demarcation Line runs through the middle of the bridge and guard towers are stationed at the end of the bridge. At the conclusion of the Korean War in 1953, the bridge was used for prison exchange. In doing so, the name originates from claims that prisoners offered the choice of returning to North Korea, chose not to do so. However, the prisoners who chose to return were warned that they would never be allowed to return. The secondary image, the rusted MDL sign, demonstrates the inactivity and age of the bridge, being that the bridge was last used for prisoner exchange in 1968.
The name alone connotates decisive differences between the states. Given the choice, would North Koreans remain in their home country? The split between North and South Korea separated people from their families, friends, and in some cases, their ideals. In doing so, this relic of the Cold War serves to demonstrate the enduring political separation and inability to reunite people with their values, beliefs, and loved ones.