Tunnel of Love

I’ve just come back from Tunnel Vision, part of Architecture Week, a trip “underneath the pavements in Birmingham is a network of tunnels stretching from Victoria Sq to New St Station”. In my excitement to see subterranean Brum (which I think I inherited from my granddad, who I recall was somewhat obsessed with the possibility of a tunnel between Aston Hall and Holte Church) I hadn’t paid much mind to the art installation by Luke Jerram and Dan Jones – the intriguing sound and light came as a pleasant surprise.

The installations talked about abandonment, with a pile of unloved typewriters and furniture filled with concrete – the ancient, abandoned nature was a little undone for me with the presence of eBay printed despatch emails in the ‘pile of post’ installation (lovely shadow sculpture tho’, see above – EDIT much better image from Luke himself, who tells me that it’s St Gabriel, the patron saint of postmen). A little research would show the building vacated by the Royal Mail very much pre-eBay.

About 300 yards in the dark we came up against a gauze with a light installation behind it – strobes which had a dreamlike effect on dark-adjusted eyes -and that was the end of the trip (the light at the end of the tunnel, surely not that literal? I’m obviously no art critic). I reckon we’d got just about to the front of the Mailbox, not too near New St.

Personally I’d have preferred to get a trip all the way down the tunnel, possibly with a knowledgeable guide – coming out the other end having learnt a little more about the architecture and history of the building. Art that uses architecture as part of its context should be a little more grounded, for me anyway.

You can, and should, see for yourself. It’s on tomorrow, Sunday, and Friday 29 June – Sunday 1 July 2007.

  • You virtually got to the end of THAT tunnel, past the strobe screen, about 20m further was a gate to one of New Streets platforms. But this was locked off and covered by CCTV.

    I know a Postie who used to work in the Victoria P.O. and he tells me of another tunnel that goes under the City Centre down to the now closed ‘Big Top’ P.O. next to WH Smiths behind Corporation St. This tunnel had no vehicles as it was only built for people to walk down and transfer high security post.

    to view more of the mailbox/new street pics, please view my site above.

  • Leeschumi

    there is a tunnel that runs from the old grand hotel right under the cathdral and to new street station. this was only used in an emergency for vips and diplomats. also you can go down the basement and enter another smaller tunnel which takes you underground to what can only be described as a victorian shopping mall. i went down there but got scared as it is not lit. does anyone else know about this.

  • Brownhillsbob

    There is, of course, Anchor Exchange, the tunnel network centring on Telecoms House and the PO tower; built post-war as park of the Microwave Backbone, it was designed to survive nuclear war and keep communications intact post-strike.nnhttp://www.subbrit.org.uk/rsg/sites/b/birmingham_anchor_exchange/index.htmlnhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anchor_Exchangenhttp://www.ringbell.co.uk/ukwmo/Page241.htmnnIt was considered secret for years and few knew much about it, although obsolete today it suffers flooding and is largely unused.nnBest wishesnnBob

  • Brownhillsbob

    There is, of course, Anchor Exchange, the tunnel network centring on Telecoms House and the PO tower; built post-war as park of the Microwave Backbone, it was designed to survive nuclear war and keep communications intact post-strike.nnhttp://www.subbrit.org.uk/rsg/sites/b/birmingham_anchor_exchange/index.htmlnhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anchor_Exchangenhttp://www.ringbell.co.uk/ukwmo/Page241.htmnnIt was considered secret for years and few knew much about it, although obsolete today it suffers flooding and is largely unused.nnBest wishesnnBob

  • Brownhillsbob

    There is, of course, Anchor Exchange, the tunnel network centring on Telecoms House and the PO tower; built post-war as park of the Microwave Backbone, it was designed to survive nuclear war and keep communications intact post-strike.nnhttp://www.subbrit.org.uk/rsg/sites/b/birmingham_anchor_exchange/index.htmlnhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anchor_Exchangenhttp://www.ringbell.co.uk/ukwmo/Page241.htmnnIt was considered secret for years and few knew much about it, although obsolete today it suffers flooding and is largely unused.nnBest wishesnnBob

  • Brownhillsbob

    There is, of course, Anchor Exchange, the tunnel network centring on Telecoms House and the PO tower; built post-war as park of the Microwave Backbone, it was designed to survive nuclear war and keep communications intact post-strike.nnhttp://www.subbrit.org.uk/rsg/sites/b/birmingham_anchor_exchange/index.htmlnhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anchor_Exchangenhttp://www.ringbell.co.uk/ukwmo/Page241.htmnnIt was considered secret for years and few knew much about it, although obsolete today it suffers flooding and is largely unused.nnBest wishesnnBob

  • Brownhillsbob

    There is, of course, Anchor Exchange, the tunnel network centring on Telecoms House and the PO tower; built post-war as park of the Microwave Backbone, it was designed to survive nuclear war and keep communications intact post-strike.nnhttp://www.subbrit.org.uk/rsg/sites/b/birmingham_anchor_exchange/index.htmlnhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anchor_Exchangenhttp://www.ringbell.co.uk/ukwmo/Page241.htmnnIt was considered secret for years and few knew much about it, although obsolete today it suffers flooding and is largely unused.nnBest wishesnnBob

  • Brownhillsbob

    There is, of course, Anchor Exchange, the tunnel network centring on Telecoms House and the PO tower; built post-war as park of the Microwave Backbone, it was designed to survive nuclear war and keep communications intact post-strike.nnhttp://www.subbrit.org.uk/rsg/sites/b/birmingham_anchor_exchange/index.htmlnhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anchor_Exchangenhttp://www.ringbell.co.uk/ukwmo/Page241.htmnnIt was considered secret for years and few knew much about it, although obsolete today it suffers flooding and is largely unused.nnBest wishesnnBob

  • Brownhillsbob

    There is, of course, Anchor Exchange, the tunnel network centring on Telecoms House and the PO tower; built post-war as park of the Microwave Backbone, it was designed to survive nuclear war and keep communications intact post-strike.nnhttp://www.subbrit.org.uk/rsg/sites/b/birmingham_anchor_exchange/index.htmlnhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anchor_Exchangenhttp://www.ringbell.co.uk/ukwmo/Page241.htmnnIt was considered secret for years and few knew much about it, although obsolete today it suffers flooding and is largely unused.nnBest wishesnnBob

  • Brownhillsbob

    There is, of course, Anchor Exchange, the tunnel network centring on Telecoms House and the PO tower; built post-war as park of the Microwave Backbone, it was designed to survive nuclear war and keep communications intact post-strike.nnhttp://www.subbrit.org.uk/rsg/sites/b/birmingham_anchor_exchange/index.htmlnhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anchor_Exchangenhttp://www.ringbell.co.uk/ukwmo/Page241.htmnnIt was considered secret for years and few knew much about it, although obsolete today it suffers flooding and is largely unused.nnBest wishesnnBob

  • Brownhillsbob

    There is, of course, Anchor Exchange, the tunnel network centring on Telecoms House and the PO tower; built post-war as park of the Microwave Backbone, it was designed to survive nuclear war and keep communications intact post-strike.nnhttp://www.subbrit.org.uk/rsg/sites/b/birmingham_anchor_exchange/index.htmlnhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anchor_Exchangenhttp://www.ringbell.co.uk/ukwmo/Page241.htmnnIt was considered secret for years and few knew much about it, although obsolete today it suffers flooding and is largely unused.nnBest wishesnnBob

  • Brownhillsbob

    There is, of course, Anchor Exchange, the tunnel network centring on Telecoms House and the PO tower; built post-war as park of the Microwave Backbone, it was designed to survive nuclear war and keep communications intact post-strike.nnhttp://www.subbrit.org.uk/rsg/sites/b/birmingham_anchor_exchange/index.htmlnhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anchor_Exchangenhttp://www.ringbell.co.uk/ukwmo/Page241.htmnnIt was considered secret for years and few knew much about it, although obsolete today it suffers flooding and is largely unused.nnBest wishesnnBob

  • Brownhillsbob

    There is, of course, Anchor Exchange, the tunnel network centring on Telecoms House and the PO tower; built post-war as park of the Microwave Backbone, it was designed to survive nuclear war and keep communications intact post-strike.nnhttp://www.subbrit.org.uk/rsg/sites/b/birmingham_anchor_exchange/index.htmlnhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anchor_Exchangenhttp://www.ringbell.co.uk/ukwmo/Page241.htmnnIt was considered secret for years and few knew much about it, although obsolete today it suffers flooding and is largely unused.nnBest wishesnnBob

  • Brownhillsbob

    There is, of course, Anchor Exchange, the tunnel network centring on Telecoms House and the PO tower; built post-war as park of the Microwave Backbone, it was designed to survive nuclear war and keep communications intact post-strike.nnhttp://www.subbrit.org.uk/rsg/sites/b/birmingham_anchor_exchange/index.htmlnhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anchor_Exchangenhttp://www.ringbell.co.uk/ukwmo/Page241.htmnnIt was considered secret for years and few knew much about it, although obsolete today it suffers flooding and is largely unused.nnBest wishesnnBob

  • Brownhillsbob

    There is, of course, Anchor Exchange, the tunnel network centring on Telecoms House and the PO tower; built post-war as park of the Microwave Backbone, it was designed to survive nuclear war and keep communications intact post-strike.nnhttp://www.subbrit.org.uk/rsg/sites/b/birmingham_anchor_exchange/index.htmlnhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anchor_Exchangenhttp://www.ringbell.co.uk/ukwmo/Page241.htmnnIt was considered secret for years and few knew much about it, although obsolete today it suffers flooding and is largely unused.nnBest wishesnnBob

  • Brownhillsbob

    There is, of course, Anchor Exchange, the tunnel network centring on Telecoms House and the PO tower; built post-war as park of the Microwave Backbone, it was designed to survive nuclear war and keep communications intact post-strike.nnhttp://www.subbrit.org.uk/rsg/sites/b/birmingham_anchor_exchange/index.htmlnhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anchor_Exchangenhttp://www.ringbell.co.uk/ukwmo/Page241.htmnnIt was considered secret for years and few knew much about it, although obsolete today it suffers flooding and is largely unused.nnBest wishesnnBob

  • Brownhillsbob

    There is, of course, Anchor Exchange, the tunnel network centring on Telecoms House and the PO tower; built post-war as park of the Microwave Backbone, it was designed to survive nuclear war and keep communications intact post-strike.nnhttp://www.subbrit.org.uk/rsg/sites/b/birmingham_anchor_exchange/index.htmlnhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anchor_Exchangenhttp://www.ringbell.co.uk/ukwmo/Page241.htmnnIt was considered secret for years and few knew much about it, although obsolete today it suffers flooding and is largely unused.nnBest wishesnnBob

  • Brownhillsbob

    There is, of course, Anchor Exchange, the tunnel network centring on Telecoms House and the PO tower; built post-war as park of the Microwave Backbone, it was designed to survive nuclear war and keep communications intact post-strike.nnhttp://www.subbrit.org.uk/rsg/sites/b/birmingham_anchor_exchange/index.htmlnhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anchor_Exchangenhttp://www.ringbell.co.uk/ukwmo/Page241.htmnnIt was considered secret for years and few knew much about it, although obsolete today it suffers flooding and is largely unused.nnBest wishesnnBob

  • Brownhillsbob

    There is, of course, Anchor Exchange, the tunnel network centring on Telecoms House and the PO tower; built post-war as park of the Microwave Backbone, it was designed to survive nuclear war and keep communications intact post-strike.nnhttp://www.subbrit.org.uk/rsg/sites/b/birmingham_anchor_exchange/index.htmlnhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anchor_Exchangenhttp://www.ringbell.co.uk/ukwmo/Page241.htmnnIt was considered secret for years and few knew much about it, although obsolete today it suffers flooding and is largely unused.nnBest wishesnnBob

  • Brownhillsbob

    There is, of course, Anchor Exchange, the tunnel network centring on Telecoms House and the PO tower; built post-war as park of the Microwave Backbone, it was designed to survive nuclear war and keep communications intact post-strike.nnhttp://www.subbrit.org.uk/rsg/sites/b/birmingham_anchor_exchange/index.htmlnhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anchor_Exchangenhttp://www.ringbell.co.uk/ukwmo/Page241.htmnnIt was considered secret for years and few knew much about it, although obsolete today it suffers flooding and is largely unused.nnBest wishesnnBob

  • Brownhillsbob

    There is, of course, Anchor Exchange, the tunnel network centring on Telecoms House and the PO tower; built post-war as park of the Microwave Backbone, it was designed to survive nuclear war and keep communications intact post-strike.

    http://www.subbrit.org.uk/rsg/sites/b/birmingha
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anchor_Exchange
    http://www.ringbell.co.uk/ukwmo/Page241.htm

    It was considered secret for years and few knew much about it, although obsolete today it suffers flooding and is largely unused.

    Best wishes

    Bob

  • Brian

    hi i am 71 now at 15 i work with engeneerers all around the city centre we were told itwas for the new birmingham tube like the one in london,later it came out it was for officals as is the norm not the poeple
    in case of grem war fare ,the best site to see it all is subtraian britanica
    good luck best regards brian ps, some do flood as the pumps failed the aie vent by new st