Hull Bridges – Scale Lane

Open Bridges is underway! We’ll be posting regular updates here on the blog. The visual content of the website is part of the project and will evolve as the river journey and music commission progress.

So, Hull and bridges…Hull is a city of bridges linking the east and west banks of the river – swing bridges, bascule bridges, lift bridges, even one which was originally powered from a high pressure water main maintained by the first public power distribution company in the world.

We took these photographs and phone video at artist Madi Boyd’s sound and light installation – Playing the Bridge – at Scale Lane earlier this year.

Hull’s newest bridge at Scale Lane inspired Nye Parry and Madi Boyd’s impressive multi media installation earlier this year.  The installation was dark, ethereal and atmospheric.

Playing the Bridge included a collaboration with Hull Gamelan devised by the bridge architect Jonathan McDowell and Nye Parry.
This photograph of the Gamelan gong pole on the bridge with Siemens is in the mist, shows the twin dragons with their backs to each other – but intertwined – looking in opposite directions from the middle of the river to East and West. We like the juxtaposition, and will explore notions of East and West, left and right, separation and connection, difference and similarity in the Open Bridges workshops in schools and prisons.
Scale Lane, Siemens and Gamelan


Thanks to Nye Parry and Madi Boyd

Open Bridges is an independent Hull based project in partnership with HCC Streetscene Services taking place during the City of Culture Freedom Season.


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