The Bragernes Tunnel, Drammen City, Norway. 2002.
Light sculpture in a roundabout inside a tunnel. Semi-transparent uninflammable polyester, illuminated by simple fluorescent tubes mounted around a big column inside the sphere. Diameter sphere 7,5 meters, hight 3,8 meters.
The project “Vegpakke Drammen”, including the light object in the tunnel, was awarded with the prize “Vakre Vegers pris”; – “The Prize for Beautiful Roads”, in 2004. The object has become a “symbol” for Drammen City.
Extracts from the Jury:
“The Sphere transformes a subterranean area of stress and hazard, to be a place that gives good and exiting experiences. The sphere itself, the light object, is a brave and interesting art project, and it brings the tunnel, and the road planning, to new dimentions. It puts Drammen City at the world map.”
“… A spectacular feature is the glowing “sphere”, the reference point for the rest of the lighting in the tunnel. …”
Bibliography: Topos, European Landscape Magazine, page 63, 136-141. 2004
It is now planned for full restoration of the art project during 2021/2022, – 20 years after it was built.