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.
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.
Statement of the jury
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.
About the West Link: Chronotopia
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 the West Link: Chronotopia
Artists have an opportunity to participate in one of the largest construction projects ever in Gothenburg: the urban development project of the West Link and the infrastructure area of Olskroken.