CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Yorkshire Life today click here

Scale Lane Bridge is transformed into a musical instrument for Hull City of Culture 2017

PUBLISHED: 00:00 06 April 2017

The bridge links Hull’s Old Town to The Deep, the city's  celebrated aquarium Photo Timothy Soar

The bridge links Hull’s Old Town to The Deep, the city's celebrated aquarium Photo Timothy Soar

Archant

Composer Nye Parry and friends make beautiful music (of a kind) by banging on a city landmark.

The people of Hull helped to turn a city landmark into a giant musical instrument for Hull UK City of Culture 2017. They arrived at Scale Lane Bridge to take part in a series of workshops, performances and installations in the Indonesian gamelan tradition of making music by striking tuned metalwork, including the bridge itself.

Composer Nye Parry led the project called Playing the Bridge that culminated in a performance in and on the bridge. He combined recordings from the workshops with the reminiscences of people who constructed the bridge which links Hull’s Old Town to The Deep, a celebrated aquarium. It is one of only a few bridges which pedestrians can stand on as it moves to let boats pass by.

The musical event included working alongside the architect of the bridge, Jonathan McDowell together with Hull Music Service, Hull Community Gamelan, York University Music Department and Hull University School of Arts and Media.

Parry said: ‘This project gave local people a unique chance to engage directly with the architecture of their city through music, and contribute to a multi-media experience that will re-define a local landmark.’

Scale Lane Bridge is the world’s first bridge that allows the public to ride on it while it moves Photo Timothy SoarScale Lane Bridge is the world’s first bridge that allows the public to ride on it while it moves Photo Timothy Soar

Artist Madi Boyd, who created an audio-visual installation inside the bridge (running throughout April) that reveals the inner workings of the swing bridge using projections and a sound track composed by Parry, added: ‘The artwork enables us to reveal and celebrate the hidden technology within the Scale Lane Bridge. This spectacular audio-visual installation provides visitors with x-ray like vision and will challenge their perception of space and movement.’

Jonathan McDowell said the event was an intriguing opportunity to view the bridge through an entirely different lens and help people redefine their experience of its physical presence in the city. He added: ‘This installation encourages the exploration of Scale Lane’s form, materials and history while also providing a fine excuse to bang on 350 tonnes of steel structure to make beautiful sounds, offering an alternative take on Larkin’s description of Hull’s “different resonance”.’

Martin Green, CEO and director of Hull 2017, said that Playing the Bridge encouraged people to think differently about a city landmark. ‘It is also a fantastic opportunity to learn a new instrument and be part of an amazing City of Culture project.’

Scale Lane Bridge has been heralded as a unique blend of infrastructure and public space and has won numerous national and international awards since it opened in 2013. It was designed to be a focus for regeneration, a new connection between the city centre and the underdeveloped east bank of the River Hull, and a new civic place for people to enjoy the riverside.

It is the world’s first bridge that allows the public to ride on it while it moves and it has already become a cultural destination in the city in its own right.

More from Out & About

It might be a record-breaking Capital of Curry, but there’s so much more besides on Bradford’s multicultural menu.

Read more
Bradford
Sunday, October 15, 2017

Halloween is all about remembering the dead particularly saints and martyrs but for most especially youngsters, the night before All Saints Day is about trick and treating, costume parties, carving jack o’ lanterns from pumpkins, watching horror films and visiting haunted houses.

Read more
Things to do in Yorkshire Autumn
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Take in the beauty of the North York Moors as you walk along its pathways and wooded tracks

Read more
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A recent Office for National Statistics survey found that residents of the Craven District were the happiest in UK. We’ve picked some our favourite places that show why this rings true with the locals.

Read more
Yorkshire Dales
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

There is almost too much to do in a North Yorkshire town that doesn’t believe in standing still, says Martin Pilkington

Read more
Monday, October 9, 2017

Tony Greenway visits the North Yorkshire market town and takes his young daughter for a second opinion.

Read more
Thursday, October 5, 2017

A group of Yorkshire knitting and craft enthusiasts have turned an unlikely bi-product of wildlife conservation into a range of fundraising products

Read more
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Cheers to charity

Read more
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

It is all too easy to forget the rich past that belongs to this South Yorkshire town, as Richard Darn reports

Read more
Doncaster
Monday, October 2, 2017

With a coppery-orange autumn backdrop, the stage is set this month for one of nature’s finest challenges – the annual deer rut. But there’s a lot more behind this spectacle of seasonal sparring, as Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Tom Marshall reports

Read more
Autumn
 
Great British Holidays advert link

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory




Follow us on Twitter


Like us on Facebook

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad
Yorkshire Life Application Link

Local Business Directory

Yorkshire's trusted business finder

Job search in your local area



Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search