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HoldYourBreath - Imagining the Clyde Tunnel.

HoldYourBreath for Clyde Tunnel Facelift.

65,000 vehicles use the Clyde Tunnel everyday, one local resident thought
that those journeys could be improved with lighting, sound and sculpture.

So she set up an Organisation to make it happen, it is called HoldYourBreath after local
children, who try to hold their breath from one end of the tunnel to the other, as if they
are diving under the Clyde.

Kathy Friend has the vision, but she wants local people to have their say in the end
result. So a series of events have been organised ...

The Clyde Tunnel was finally completed in 1964, it is 41 years old in March
2005. (the first tunnel was opened in 1963 by the Queen)

March 2005 sees the launch of a website which will have questionnaires, design templates, memories and tunnel facts. Banners will go up on the tunnel buildings with the website address

11, 12,13, 19, 20 March "HoldYourBreath - How to dig a tunnel under the Clyde"
Science Presentations at Glasgow Science Centre for National Science Week. Fun for all the family. FREE. (Details Glasgow Science Centre - 0141 420 5010)

Special HYB Postboxes and templates available at Glasgow Science Centre, The Museum of Transport and The Lighthouse.

Community Consultation events in Linthouse, Govan, Whiteinch and Scotstoun.

School workshops in Science, Art and Music. Open-topped guided bus tours for
schools north and south of the river, sponsored by City Sightseeing Tours.

Soundscape workshops with the Paragon Ensemble for children, mixed ability adults
and ethnic music groups. Drivers will be able to hear this on their car radios for the launch
period of 4-8 weeks.

Although the whole piece will be over 40 minutes long, you will only hear 57 seconds
at a time - if you drive at 30mph.

The Design Team will look at all the suggestions, and come up with a plan to
present to Glasgow City Council.

Launch of lighting, sculpture and soundscape is planned for November 2005, depending on council schedules for the re-lining of the tunnel. This would coincide with the proposed City of Light Festival.

Glasgow City Council is re-lining the tunnels this year, as part of a major refurbishment

Holdyourbreath Organisation was formed in April 2004, and became a
not-for-profit Company, Limited by Guarantee in February 2005.
Creative Director - Kathleen Friend. As well as leading the
organisation, Kathy is a freelance camerawoman in film and tv.

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