It's time to frame the (new) bridge
A new campaign has been launched encouraging the public to take their pictures with the spectacular Queensferry Crossing works in the background.
The pictures can then be uploaded to 'The People’s Bridge' – an animated, interactive mosaic of the finished bridge made up entirely of images of the public.
Frame the Bridge seeks to build on the popularity of 2013’s 'Name the Bridge' campaign, which saw over 35,000 people vote for the permanent bridge name. It also recognises how visually spectacular the works have become and the fact they are already proving a big draw for amateur and professional photographers alike.
Frame the Bridge offers people a unique chance to become part of the project’s legacy by adding their own face, or that of friends and family members, to the online mosaic from where the picture can then be shared on social media networks.
Announcing the new initiative, Infrastructure Secretary Keith Brown said:
“This is a fun, innovative way for people to get involved with history happening right before our eyes. Construction of the Queensferry Crossing will undoubtedly be looked back upon by future generations in the same way we look back on the works to build the Forth and Forth Road Bridges today.
“We are witnessing spectacular feats of civil engineering on an almost daily basis and we know people are already out there with their cameras snapping the towers as they rise from the water. ‘Frame the Bridge’ recognises and promotes this wide public interest and gives everyone the chance to be part of the project’s legacy in a unique way.
“Very recently we have seen commemorations for the Forth Bridge at 125 years and the 50th anniversary of the Forth Road Bridge, with many people recalling their involvement in key moments in the history of those two bridges.
“Here today we have Scotland’s biggest project in a generation and we want people across the country to help record the history of the new bridge, the Queensferry Crossing.
“The FRC Education Centre is open each Saturday and is providing fantastic opportunities for people of all ages to learn more about the construction process. It’s also an excellent base from which to get involved with Frame the Bridge.
“You can share your Frame the Bridge picture with your friends and family on social media and the final mosaic will be a centrepiece to the opening of the Queensferry Crossing in 2016 and for many years to come.”