014/2011 first lights of the culture capital

The first art installations for the Culture Capital year were unveiled – or actually lit – today. This pile driver machine, and the glowing polycarbonate light pile, by lighting designer Ilkka Paloniemi, will illuminate the market square for this opening weekend.

The pile is 782 cm high – one centimetre for each year of our town’s history. It also reminds us that most of our buildings have been built on mud, which is why lots of piles had to be used in the foundations. This year, culture is metaphorically being pushed deep into the muddy ground, in the hope of giving it a steady place here.

4 Responses to “014/2011 first lights of the culture capital”

  1. 1 Susan van Gelder
    January 16, 2011 at 05:57

    I hope you don’t have to knit a coat for this pole – it would be quite a project! I’m looking forward to you sharing more about the Culture Capital.

  2. January 17, 2011 at 19:41

    Thank you Susan. No coats for this pole – our knitting arts project is only in and around our school ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. 3 stf
    January 17, 2011 at 22:30

    liked what you wrote here Sinikka, interesting. I didn’t see the pile though

  4. 4 sinikka
    January 17, 2011 at 23:45

    Thank you Lorna! I’ve really got into the Culture Capital events – want to make an effort to see and experience many things this year. The pile was there only for the weekend because they had borrowed the machine from somewhere and needed it for work again on Monday ๐Ÿ™‚

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January 2011

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