Art is one of the tools to make the West Link a safe, functional and attractive facility. The Swedish Transport Administration, the City of Gothenburg and Västtrafik are currently developing an art programme.
In its work with the West Link, the Swedish Transport Administration has the overall responsibility for creating a secure, safe, functional and attractive facility. One important tool in this endeavour is art, and the railway environment is a natural place for this.
– Exactly how we want to use art in the West Link Project is being discussed right now within the project, as well as together with the City of Gothenburg and Västtrafik, explains Johny Lindeberg, architect in the West Link Project.
Within the group there is a mutual desire to use art as a tool to increase the visibility of and integrating the cultural values affected by the West Link.
– We have great demands and hopes of the artistic process, and as a solid support in this we have a close collaboration with the Swedish Public Art Agency and the municipality and region's equal institutions, says Johny.
Inspired by the City Tunnel
The City Tunnel in Malmö demonstrates many examples of art in a railway environment. Whilst the passengers wait on their train at Malmö Central, they can enjoy the footage of landscapes from all corners of the world flashing by. At Triangeln station, passengers are met by the artificial sun Haloand the light installation Spårsken (in English Track Lights).
In the artistic work with the West Link Project, the City Tunnel is a source of inspiration, but it is not yet decided how art will be used in the West Link.
– Together with the City of Gothenburg and Västtrafik, we have a goal to formulate an overall art programme for all actors in good time before fall this year, Johny explains.