Posts Tagged ‘art


263/2011 gerbera labyrinth

263/2011 gerbera labyrinth, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

After a pause of a couple of years, this blaze of colourful flowers has filled the space in front of the Cathedral again. It’s an environmental work of art by artist Kaisa Salmi. In 2008, it was called ‘Gerbera sea’. This time, the 5000 gerberas of different colours have been arranged in circles, with narrow paths in between, as in a labyrinth. In the middle of the labyrinth, there are old, worn white leather couches, and a table set with plates and glasses of wine.

It was an invigorating experience to walk round and round, soaking in the bright colours of the flowers. Another exciting event, provided for us by the European Capital of Culture year. At noon on Friday, the flowers, donated by a local garden, will be given away to any residents who care to go and pick them. I might go and bring one of these orange ones home – if I’m quick and lucky enough!

This is how the whole arrangment looked:

And here is the link to the whole set of my gerbera pictures from today. I also found a video from 2008, where the same artist is setting up her first gerbera installation, at the same place.


231/2011 culture by the riverside

231/2011 culture by the riverside, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Another great evening of art and culture by the riverside in our European capital of culture. Acrobatics inside glowing bubbles gliding on the water. Reminded me of the old British cult series – the Prisoner. “I am not a number, I am a free man!”


224/2011 save me!

224/2011 save me!, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

For a few weeks I’ve been spotting colourful seal statues around town. It is an environmental arts project, part of the European Capital of Culture year.

Artist Stefan Lindfors designed the fibre glass seal statue, and then they were given to 40 different artists to paint and decorate. Once completed, they were taken to different locations – in front of public buildings, in parks, in malls etc.

The purpose is to promote the protection of the Baltic Sea, where the seals have not been doing too well recently. Each seal is numbered, and has a little info board, drawing attention to what each individual could do to save the endangered sea environment. The statues will stay in place till the end of September when they will be auctioned, and the money, of course, will be donated to environmental causes.

Good idea but already some of these art pieces have been vandalised and ruined – most likely by irresponsible youngsters. So sad!

Here is my set of pictures of the different seals.


192/2011 what do you see?

192/2011 what do you see?, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Looking through a street scene through the flower-shapes of an installation art piece gives it a whole new dimension. It works a bit like a lens filter that can be used in photography to create novel effects. The beauty and magic of installation art like this is how it interacts with its surroundings, making everybody’s perception uniquely personal.

This is a detail of a new art piece ‘Refrain’ by artist Saara Ekström, next to the city library, a 14-metre steel wall with a repeating flower theme cut all the way through it.


161/2011 student learning to understand the world

How interesting to visit our daughter’s foreign university campus. A curious mix of ancient and modern, but now largely deserted for the summer. No students studying on the lawns, which drew my attention to this bronze sculpture.

It’s called ‘Youth with Split Apple’, and is by a Scottish sculptor Kenny Hunter. The accompanying plaque read:

“Kenny Hunter’s art offers a contemporary take on traditional figurative sculpture. Unlike the commanding figures of many triumphal monuments, here a student reclines among us, sharing our space. He is holding an apple, a traditional symbol of intellectual awakening, which is split in two to suggest the dualistic nature of knowledge, good and bad. In this work, Kenny Hunter questions the assumption that knowledge is acquired through action, instead suggesting that openness and contemplation play their part and that the aim of life is not to change the world but to understand it.”

These words and ideas really spoke to me, as a teacher on my summer holiday. We all need contemplative time, to understand the world around us a bit better. Perhaps then we might even be ready for some action to make tiny changes.


152/2011 welcome june!

152/2011 welcome june!, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Taking a walk along the riverside revealed another environmental art installation of our culture capital. Giant glass-fibre eiders, by artist Reima Nurmikko, have been set free to float in the river. According to the artist, they symbolize freedom, but even more importantly, the artist wants to draw attention to the urgency of protecting the Baltic Sea, the habitat of the real eiders that come to build their nests in our waters.


One local comprehensive school also acquired a few of these bird statues some years back, and they have become favourite climbing and playing frames for the students, while reminding them of environmental issues at the same time.

June started with a sudden heatwave – +28 degrees Celcius today! Lots of people flocked to the riverbanks in the afternoon.


098/2011 a museum with a view

098/2011 a museum with a view, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

This old printing house, converted into a modern exhibition centre in Espoo, has huge windows in one end that open a view to the surrounding woods. Trees inside as well, in the form of modern sculptures.


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