Tongue and Groove presents a well-defined idea that can permeate Station Centralen in a unique manner. The artistic proposal conveys an awareness of scale that enables a transition from an intimate embodied comprehension to a large scale understanding of the entire facility. The choice of materials appears as fundamental and will be developed in close collaboration with the project’s architects. By highlighting diverse levels of narration, the concept provides substantial possibilities for the common structures in the facilities to become imbued with new layers of meaning, while preserving its technical functions.
The jury has relied on the fact that the work, with its many details, can give the traveller an intricate and varied experience over time. Taking traditional Chinese architecture as a starting point, the proposal refers to contemporary migrations and today’s exchange of goods and ideas, along with the historical antecedent of the Silk Road. The theme of Chronotopia is therefore addressed in connection to Gothenburg’s historical trading with the East India Company, whilst the proposal may also be associated to the city’s complex network of identities, heritage and relations to a globalized world.