The Tunnel of Light –
A brief journey in time and space

An art installation for Oslo Sporveier and MetrOslo, sponsored by Avantor and Schibsted

This is a demonstration of the technology used in The Tunnel of Light at Nydalen Station. The work itself will be developed this winter and will be in place in August 2003. The old industrial quarter Nydalen has in the last decade undergone a renaissance, and is now emerging as a new and vital part of Oslo. The new inhabitants are mainly commuters working in media and technology companies, and students attending the business school Handelshøyskolen BI.

Nydalen Stasjon (Nydalen Station) is the first of three new Metro stations in Oslo?s new circular underground line, opening in August 2003. The station is a freestanding entrance pavilion, situated in a triangular park, with an underground station hall, 110 metres long and 12 meters below ground level.

Nydalen Stasjon (Nydalen Station) is the first of three new Metro stations in Oslo?s new circular underground line, opening in August 2003. The station is a freestanding entrance pavilion, situated in a triangular park, with an underground station hall, 110 metres long and 12 metres below ground level.

The architect of Nydalen Stasjon (Nydalen Station), Kristin Jarmund, initiated the «Tunnel of Light? project, and a group of artists have over the past 2 ½ years cooperated closely in the development of the multimedia concept. The technical light and sound installation is integrated in a 27-metre-long translucent glass tunnel wrapped around the escalator.
The technical light and sound installation, developed by intravision system as, comprises some 800 individually controlled pairs of Cold Cathode light tubes and 44 individually controlled loudspeakers. The complete technical installation is based on long-life systems with a lifetime expectancy of 10-15 years. The computer control software, which is used in professional theatres, operas (Paris, Milan), TV-studios and art museums, is being further developed by Yngve Sandboe for use in the realisation of the Tunnel of Light project. Sandboe and Kvinnsland will initially work with a computer simulation of the tunnel of light, and then finally adjust and finalize the settings on site.

A brief journey in time and space
During the half-minute-long escalator ride, travellers will experience changing moods created by light and sound impulses ranging from the abstract to the more concrete and recognisable. The work of art comprises between 2000 and 3000 sound and light files, creating an infinite and unique experience for each traveller.

Group of artists
Bjarne Kvinnsland, composer, NOTAM
Kristin Jarmund, architect, Kristin Jarmund Arkitekter
Yngve Sandboe, software and light design, Yngve Sandboe as
Per Åge Lyså, producer, system delivery, intravision group as

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