Second Thought

Stadsbalkon Centraal Station, Groningen 2008

Under the Stadsbalkon (City Balcony) that was installed in front of Groningen’s historical train station, a snow globe is hung upside down from the ceiling. Every few minutes, the train station appears as a crystal light construction, to then be concealed in a cloud of shimmering snowflakes and fade out into its own shadow.

Second Thought is a reaction to the visible tension between the old station and the new Stadsbalkon. In the snow globe, the train station lights up like an enchanting apparition. Each time, however, its shadow, like a hovering bat, overtakes the scene. The work aims to reflect on the things that have changed and are changing- a souvenir for a place that has been taken out of sight.

Dim. 3.00 x 2.00 x 1.35 m Perspex, wood, LEDs

Credits

Client: CBK Groningen
Architect: Kees Christiaanse
Advisor/curator: Ankie Boomstra
Production: Yens & Yens, Niki Clerx, Bart-Jan Hooft
Photography: Gert Jan van Rooij

Reviews

Olijke bol geeft oude station even glans terug
Lennart Dost / Volkskrant / 2008

Second Thought
Elizabeth Lynch / Sculpture / 2009