High rise flats transformed into the ultimate ghetto blaster

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They were home to residents for decades but the iconic Red Road flats served a different purpose recently when they were turned into the largest ghetto blaster for a memorable event to mark the history of the buildings.

Despite the rain, hundreds of people turned out for the unique event which saw speakers placed within the steel frame of 10/20/30 Petershill Court.

Extracts of recorded interviews with ex-residents, recorded sound samples and songs echoed through the building and a choir performed a specially composed piece of music.

The musical score drew on the Red Road Portrait Archive, which has involved people who have lived in the flats across their history in portrait and interview sessions.

The area was populated with visuals for the day that included photographic portraits of ex-residents as posters on lock up doors and artwork on banners made by local kids and art students from North Glasgow College.

Iseult Timmermans, from Street Level Photoworks which helped to lead the Future Memory in Red Road project, said: “It was an amazing success despite horrendous weather that forced a few changes to the planned schedule.

“Hundreds of people came along - locals residents, ex-residents of the flats and other interested people from across the city.

“The soundscape that played out from the building was a powerful, moving, eerie, nostalgic and haunting experience, one I am sure that no-one who experienced it will forget.

Just weeks ago the second of the multi-storey flats, at 21 Burnie Court, was demolished as part of regeneration plans by Glasgow Housing Association.

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