In the foreground, there is a gigantic shell-shaped bridge.
Corrugated seashell has long been not only a symbol of the water element, but also an attribute of female deities, and first of all Aphrodite.
Seashells attracted artists and audiences as early as in classical antiquity: they were a rather popular element in mosaic decorations.
In the famous painting The Birth of Venus by Botticelli Aphrodite is standing in a large seashell in the middle of the sea. Magnificent seashell specimens continued to draw the attention of artists in later periods: Henri Matisse in his Still Life with a Seashell on Black Marble contrasts the shell as a product of nature with inanimate objects – a chocolate pot, a cup, a jug.
The headlights of the cars shining against the dark background of the Shell Mount tunnel can be interpreted as the arrival of a new era of machinery, as the light of reason in the darkness of the “stone cold” nature.
An early painting by the artist Above the Sea Level hasa similar idea, clearly dividing the upper, “conscious part” of the shell and the lower, “subconscious part” of it.