Walls of Light: Calum Stirling – The Double Diamond

The following video was brought to my attention by Ayr Roads Club and Scott Tares on twitter, and I felt deserved a blog post. It was commissioned by CCA to mark the beginning of Glasgow’s tenure as host of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and is one of six films that explore the ways in which artists can respond to sport in its broadest sense, as well as the social and cultural impact of the Games on the city and its people.

It is beautifully shot, including views the like of which make me proud and delighted to live in this wee country. It honours our three greatest cycling heroes and has a thoughtful voiceover that recalls some of the best cycling writing: Paul Fournel is overtly quoted but for me, it also recalled the intelligence Tim Krabbés writing had for the bike, and more generally, the kind of introspective pieces found in Rouleur.

It’s 9 minutes but well worth taking time out to enjoy.

Also, the The Bicycle Tree, at Brig O’ Turk is featured at around 6 minutes.

Working with the book Besoin de Vélo by French writer Paul Fournel, Double Diamond takes us through the physical and philosophical landscape of a cyclist using voiceover, idiosyncratic filming and cycle sound recording techniques against the backdrop of the Scottish landscape to transport us into a cycling world both familiar and unfamiliar. Filmed across Scotland from Dumfries to Sutherland the video includes passages of fact, illusion and speculation referring en route to Scotland’s long association with the bicycle, from Kirkpatrick Macmillan to Robert Millar, Graham Obree and Chris Hoy.

With thanks to Creative Scotland, Leonie Bell and Clare Simpson