UWE research fellow develops 'Tunnel Vision'

Issue date: 01 March 2006

Staple Hill Tunnel Artist Luke Jerram, an Arts and Science Fellow at the University of the West of England is collaborating with composer Dan Jones on a large-scale art installation called Tunnel Vision.

Tunnel Vision is one of 29 new arts projects that form part of the Brunel 200 celebrations marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

At half a kilometre long, Tunnel Vision will be one of the largest installation artworks ever seen in the South West. The artwork will be located in the Staple Hill Tunnel, in Bristol and access is via Railway Terrace. The artwork will use a mixture of architecture, candlelight, surround sound and the viewer's imagination to recreate Brunel's unsuccessful project, the atmospheric railway system. Using an array of speakers along the roof of the Staple Hill Tunnel, trains will appear to move along the length of the space and pass through the audience.

Luke Jerram said, “Tunnel Vision has been inspired through studying Brunel's archives and getting a sense of his personality as a stubbornly ambitious and determined man. As well as providing an impression of the atmospheric system, the artwork will also convey Brunel's night time worries over his failing project. However, it is not just about Brunel. It's about all risk-taking visionaries and their battle with fear of failure and financial ruin.

Dan Jones described the tunnel as 'an extraordinary acoustic space in which to create a moving sound piece'.

Staple Hill councillor Shirley Potts said of Tunnel Vision, “This is a stimulating and exciting artwork which will be appreciated by the local community particularly the local children who have been consulted throughout its development. I think it's a great use of the public space.”

The installation will be open to the public between 6.00 and 8.00pm from 6-12 March.

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Editor's notes

For further information on the art installation contact:
Luke Jerram: 0117 923 1969, luke@lukejerram.com
Dan Jones: 0117 973 1188, dan_jones@mac.com
Directions & Information on Tunnel Vision: http://www.lukejerram.com
Information on Brunel 200: http://www.brunel200.com

• Luke Jerram is an internationally established artist. He works at all scales from the vast hot air balloon performance artwork Sky Orchestra to the 'Talking engagement ring' he made for his girlfriend last year. He is currently the Arts and Science Research Fellow at the University of the West of England.

• Dan Jones has written scores for films such as the Oscar-nominated Shadow of the Vampire starring John Malkovich, and more recently Max starring John Cusack, (Best Film Score Ivor Novello Awards 2004). His television work includes music for David Attenborough's Life of Mammals and he is co-artistic director of sound-lead theatre company Sound and Fury.

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