Art exhibition to celebrate Spaghetti Junction's 40th anniversary

The underbelly of Birmingham's Gravelly Hill Interchange, nicknamed 'Spaghetti Junction'.
The underbelly of Birmingham's Gravelly Hill Interchange, nicknamed 'Spaghetti Junction'. Photo: Graeme Miller

Art lovers are being told 'lie back and think of Brum' in an exhibition to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Spaghetti Junction.

Tracks are going to be set up below the traffic black-spot so people can look up at the criss-crossing roads surrounded by railways, canals and pipes.

Artist Graeme Miller is bringing his unusual 'Track' project to the city following a successful run in Paris.

The interactive installation requires viewers to lie on a board which is then pulled along rails, enabling them to look at the landscape through 90 degrees.

The free show has been commissioned for the city's Fierce Festival, which aims to push the boundaries of art and performance and opens next month.

Festival organisers are planning to run services from nearby train stations to enable people to enjoy the artwork.

Spaghetti Junction cost £10.8 million to build and was opened on May 24, 1972.

The then Environment Secretary, Peter Walker, described it as "the most exciting project in the history of the road system."

The event will be held on Saturday and Sunday.