Central Station Groningen | Hoofdstation Groningen

Integrated Art 

Glass voids and
a water gallery

Artist involved Arno Coenen
Client Mobilis | TBI
Architects CROSS Architecture, ARCADIS architects and Barcode Architects
Status Competition

While the undulating roof provides a new layer over the station area, the art makes you aware of the many layers of time that lie beneath it. The station represents a journey from past to future; art depicts this journey by connecting solid materials, traditional craftsmanship and primordial forms from the cosmic system with digital media, innovative techniques and contemporary visual language. Related to travel, communication and the city of Groningen.

The eye on Groningen

The starting point is the formal language of “The Eye” by Isaac Gosschalk, the characteristic circular stained glass window that depicts the sun. This Art Nouveau window is referred to in various places in the station area with mandalas: round, geometric shapes that traditionally represented the cosmos in Eastern cultures. The new Groningen mandalas bring the cosmos, nature and geology together in a visual language about the station’s history..

Mandala’s

Colorful mandalas are installed in the glass voids above the stairs that lead from the traveler tunnel to the platforms. of modern “stained glass techniques”. Each vide / platform has its own mandala that depicts its own time. This creates an art route from north to south, from the old center to the new Zuidplein..

Time Stream: Eternal Ripple

The starting point is the formal language of “The Eye” by Isaac Gosschalk, the characteristic circular stained glass window that depicts the sun. This Art Nouveau window is referred to in various places in the station area with mandalas: round, geometric shapes that traditionally represented the cosmos in Eastern cultures.

The new Groningen mandalas bring the cosmos, nature and geology together in a visual language about the station’s history. This route from past to future becomes underground with a “time flow”, an eternal ripple in the water gallery of the Passage.

The bottom of this waterway contains colorful pixelated images that are lit from the side. Time circles have been applied to this mosaic. The pixels refer to the screen culture, as is communicated with LED screens. This makes the work of art of this time, just as the station hall is typical of the 19th century.

Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality combines the physical Passage with the digital world. This also makes the water gallery a virtual eye-catcher. A magnet at events, where people meet and new movements in time and technology arise.

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