Tapestry of Threads

Hull – Friday 22nd September 2017 #OpenBridgesHull

Open Bridges is a whole tapestry of threads. It’s a celebration of the lifeblood of the city, the River Hull and its 13 movable bridges, more than any other city. Beautiful historic vessels representing three centuries are met by powerful 21st century tugs. It’s an exploration of the notion of freedom during the City of Culture’s Freedom Season. The culmination of Open Bridges is the live world premiere of a new musical work and the moment when the city splits in two when all 13 bridges close for one minute at 20.17 on the autumnal equinox 2017.

Open Bridges Copyright Richard Duffy-Howard

We had terrific visits to the powerful tug boats – SMS Towage Limited Englishman and Svitzer/Maersk Group Valiant – both of which have fabulous Rolls Royce engines. This is Rich’s photograph of an engine detail, influenced by photographer Horst P Horst’s Patterns in Nature.

Open Bridges marks the vital role bridges play in our everyday lives with a river journey, the mustering of historic vessels representing three centuries and a new musique concrète commission by BAFTA winning Hull based composer John Stead.

The music premiere is an advance ticket only at an outdoor stage – The Stage @ The Dock –  it starts at 7.30 pm and finishes at 10.30 pm. From there you will be able to see the historic vessels as they enter the Humber. Now Sold Out

Open Bridges is an independent Hull based project.

Photography © Richard Duffy-Howard