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Passage: Invitation to the official artwork launch, Friday 19th July 2013

Date uploaded: July 4, 2013

Join the Two Tunnel Experience and celebrate the official launch of Passage – an interactive audio-visual installation in the longest walking and cycling tunnel in Britain. Experience Passage in the Combe Down Tunnel before hearing from United Visual Artists the producers of this new public artwork which has been made especially for this historical site.

Passage has been imagined as a journey where the artwork is constructed through the experience of travelling the Combe Down Tunnel, created by London based United Visual Artists and award-winning composer, Mira Calix.

Drawing inspiration from the historic railway architecture, an array of sound emitting objects has been positioned along the length of the tunnel to create a spatially distributed soundtrack. Invoking an old steam train’s light reflectors, these cast-iron ‘sentinels’ have been designed with a visual counterpart, reflecting the colour of the instruments.

The result is a soundscape formed through layering their individual musical textures, with the cyclist or pedestrian effectively taking on the role of the conductor as their speed and presence determines the composition and playback of the piece.

Passage is the latest public art commission for charity Sustrans, funded by Arts Council England, Sustrans and local fundraising by the Two Tunnels Group.

Date and time: 19th July 2013 - 12:00noon   

12 Noon:
Gather at the Portrait Bench, near the entrance of the Devonshire Tunnel, Bloomfield Road Open Space, Bear Flat, Bath, BA2 2AD
12:15: Set off for a 20minute self-led cycle ride along the Two Tunnels Greenway to Tucking Mill Viaduct
12:45: Arrive for refreshments on the Tucking Mill Viaduct
Official launch of Passage with welcome from Malcolm Shepherd, CEO of Sustrans, United Visual Artists and the Bath Two Tunnels Group

Please RSVP to [email protected] by Monday 15th July to give an idea of numbers. 

Click here for directions and a map.

Visit www.sustrans.org.uk/events/passage-official-launch

Click here to download the invitation.(1,453 KB)