Commissioned as part of the Glasgow Cultural Programme of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Slow Down took place in four parts from the outskirts of the city to the centre of Glasgow. This mass bike ride was performed by one hundred cyclists, each with a handmade chalk dispenser filled with powdered chalk attached to their bike.
The result was hundreds of multi-coloured chalk lines leading into the centre of Glasgow. Slow Down is actually a work about going fast: going fast everywhere, questioning how our towns are planned, wondering what happens when you take the cars away.
Previous performances of Slow Down have taken place in Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland in 2009 and Melbourne, Australia in 2013. With this version in Glasgow, a permanent installation has been made at the very east of the city boundary as a reminder of the performance that took place in 2014.
Jacqueline Donachie (b. 1969, Glasgow, Scotland) studied at the Glasgow School of Art and at Hunter College in New York. She is a Scottish artist creating socially-engaged art that often occupies the public space. Her work is rooted in an exploration of individual, family and collective identity. Her practice includes sculpture, photography, films, installations, drawings and performance. She has exhibited internationally, from Berlin to New York.