The winners of the competition for the artistic interpretation of West Link’s Haga and Korsvägen stations have been announced.
At Haga Station, the gaping mouth of the skeleton of a snake several hundred yards long will be visible above ground while its body twists and turns alongside the passengers down through the layers of earth and out onto the station platforms. The Rainbow Snake proposal is the idea of the Chinese artist Huang Yong Oing.
At Korsvägen Station, there will be an "eternal employee", a changing room will be installed, and a time clock will be connected to industrial-style lighting that is illuminated on the platforms when the employee is working. Swedish duo Goldin + Senneby are the artists behind the Eternal Employment entry.
"We are delighted with our competition winners", says Magdalena Malm, director of Public Art Agency Sweden (Statens konstråd). "One of the pieces, a sculpture, takes an integrated approach to the entire surroundings and the people at the station. The other, a concept-based performance that will continue indefinitely, is making history in an international perspective by powerfully extending the range of public art."
A panel considered initial expressions of interest and then invited shortlisted artists to submit proposals for the competition. The seven proposals went on display at Gothenburg City Museum in September. The two winners will now take their work forward alongside architects and engineers.
The panel that chose the winners included representatives from Public Art Agency Sweden, the Swedish Transport Administration's West Link project, the City of Gothenburg and Region Västra Götaland.
"Selecting the winners has been a difficult task for the panel, but an exciting one too," says Johny Lindeberg, architect at the Swedish Transport Administration. "The proposals that came in showed how many different ways there were of approaching the task. The panel feels certain that the winning entries will contribute to the identity and distinctive character of the stations. Our passengers will be able to experience art not only on their first visit but time after time, for 120 years."
The budget for the artistic interpretation of the West Link stations is approximately SEK 6.5 million per station.
In 2016, a first Kronotopia competition solicited proposals for the infrastructural environment at the Olskroken flyover and the Central Station. The winners were bLINK by Katharina Grosse (for the area adjoining Olskroken flyover) and Tongue and Groove by Danh Vō (for the Central Station).