Under The Bridge - Artistic Interventions in Sandvika

Typology:  Art, Installation

Location:  Sandvika, Bærum, Norway

Year:  2016

Status:  Commision

Size:  >5 m2

Client:  Bærum Kommune

Collaborators:  Dronninga Landscape, Zenisk Light Design

Team:  Tora Arctander, Johann Magnus Kjartansson, Marit Justine Haugen, Dan Zohar

"How can we accentuate the experience of walking

along the river with water, light and glass"

The prominent bridge structures over Sandvik River are assets and identity carriers for Sandvika. The new,

planned promenade along the riverside will be Sandvika´s outdoor attraction, which invites the public to the experience

of walking.

 

The painter Claude Monet was involved in developing art movement impressionism. Winter 1895 he stayed in Sandvika in Bærum and painted a number of pictures with local motifs. The most known is old bridge in Sandvika.

Characteristic of the Impressionist painters are clear brush strokes, bright colours, loose and open compositions, everyday motifs, often seen from unusual angles, and above all an ambition to capture the changing

light in all its various facets. One can describe art direction as a desire to capture a fleeting moment in the landscape. The art interventions along the river walk are about just that. They capture moments along the river and provide experiences of time and place.

Rådhusbroa med nye trapper på hver side av bruhodet. Disse trappene knytter øvre del av byen, med begge handlegatene og rådhustorget, bedre sammen med den nedre delen av byen og Sandvikselva. Det vil danne en helt ny dynamikk, med rause situasjoner i de naturlige gangretningene, samt flere og mere varierte steder for opphold.

Rådhusbrua er den viktigste brua i sentrumsområdet, og er en viktig forbindelse mellom øst og vest. Et trappeanlegg knytter øvre plassnivå ved brua med elvepromenaden. Trappeanlegget gjør forbindelsen ned til Sandvikselva visuelt tydelig og lettere tilgjengelig. En ny forplass til Brambanigården er etablert med uteserveringen til Prammen og Musikkflekken og erstatter Lekteren som i dag ligger på elva. Nedtrapping mot vannet skaper nærhet og tilknytning til elva på dette sosiale og kulturelle møtestedet i Sandvika. 

THE LIFE UNDER THE BRIDGE LIT UP

Dichroic Glass

Dichroic glass displays two different colours by undergoing a colour change in certain lighting conditions.

The dichroic material is a modern composite non-translucent glass, which gives the glass shifting colours depending on the angle of view, causing an array of colours to be displayed.

Experimenting dichroic glass

The video demonstrates a mock-up model of the light-glass installation with dichroic glass pieces reflecting and creating shadow-play on an mdf wood plate.

During daytime, the dichroic glass sculpture will reflect and refract day- and sunlight. In darker periods spotlights from under the bridge light up the sculpture.

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