Rainbow Snake by Huang Yong Ping is the proposal that won the artistic competition to intervene in the new station Haga in Gothenburg. Rainbow Snake presents a magnificent overall approach that significantly influences the architectural spaces of Haga station.
On Rainbow Snake
The proposal consists of a 318-meters-long python skeleton whose curved body meanders through the whole site of Haga station, traversing the layers of the earth, over- and underground, at the park, across the entrances, through the halls and the platforms. Rainbow Snake connects the station’s underground platforms with the ground level, where the skull of the snake emerges at the station’s bicycle entrance.
While some parts of the gigantic body can be seen on the park outdoors, most of it lies underground, suspended over the halls and the train platforms. In some underground sections, the surface of the bone formations creates an iridescent effect and reflects the light in rainbow colours, reminding of the inner dimensions of seashells as an expression of intimacy. This aspect elucidates the connection between the internal and the external, between above and below the ground, an effect that also reflects the artist’s consideration of the traveller’s movements through the site.
On Huang Yong Ping
Huang Yong Ping (b. 1954, Xiamen, China) was founder of the group Xiamen Dada in China in the 1980s, an avant-garde artist group that explored the intersections between Dadaism and Buddhism. Huang Yong Ping participated in the seminal 1989 exhibition “Les Magiciens de la Terre” at the Centre Pompidou and the Grande Halle de la Villette in Paris, the city where he decided to settle. Huang Yong Ping has become known for his monumental installations that combine a spectacular appearance with a rich conceptual background.
As an internationally acclaimed artist, his work has been presented in numerous solo exhibitions, among others at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, at the Astrup Fearnley Museet of Oslo, at the Barbican Art Center of London and at the Power Station of Art in Shanghai. In 1999 he represented France at the 48th Venice Biennale with Jean-Pierre Bertrand, and his works have been presented in numerous biennials around the world. A travelling retrospective was held between 2005 and 2008 at the Walker Art Center of Minneapolis, MASS MoCA (Massachusetts), and at the UCCA in Beijing.
The West Link is one of the largest construction projects ever in the Västra Götaland region: it will connect the city and the region by means of a new underground railway through central Gothenburg and new train stations to relieve traffic at the Central Station. The new station environments, entrances, bridges and adjoining urban areas will shape people’s living environments for a long time to come. The construction is scheduled to start in 2018 and the first trains are expected to circulate through the tunnels in 2026.
Rainbow Snake is a part of Westlink: Kronotopia
Rainbow Snake presents a strong and clear artistic vision where the core concept and its aesthetic expression are formulated in a precise and nuanced manner. The jury notes that the artist has put a great deal of care in elaborating the proposal, from central ideas to minor details.Rainbow Snake brilliantly combines a spectacular presentation with profound significance.
Find the artwork
Hagagatan, Stockholm, Sverige