Scion consists of five individual plant motifs made of linen paper and steel. Pieces are installed in the main lobby of Satakunta University of Applied Sciences Campus. Students and faculty had an opportynity to influense the selection of plants that were used as a base of the installation. People at SAMK were able to participate an survey, which gave a clear list of favourite plants.
Student often move away from home for the first time at to start of their studies, perhaps to a completely foreign city. The cuttings of the plant may be the only concrete link back home.
The work won the National Art Competition of SAMK Campus Pori 2016, and was completed in July 2017.
Address to the site: SAMK Campus, Satakunnankatu 23, 28130 Pori, Finland
Underwater installation consists of two sculptures made of stoneware ceramics, water and surrounding bedrock. Figures are 65 cm / 120 cm high. Original ceramics I made years ago, but the underwater installation was completed 2018. Installation is my own project and it is located in Ruutana pond, Orivesi.
An environmental work of art featuring five bronze sculptures and five paved mounds. Work is located in Lampipuisto, Kontula, Helsinki and it was ready 2013.
City animals consist of five bronze cast animal figures with a lot of familiar but at the same time something inexplicable. The characters hang out as a herd in their paved environment. The work describes coexistence and togetherness. Although the characters stand apart from each other, they are in contact through gazes and postures. For example, one of the creatures has distanced itself from the crowd, but it hasn´t gone unnoticed by the others.
Caring of each others is a way to survive in a jungle as well as in the asphalt jungle of Kontula. Lampipuisto is a transit point where school children, families and other residents of the area meet. City animals enliven this resident park, which can be described as Kontula's common living room.
City Animals is commissioned by HAM Helsinki Art Museum.
Address to the site: Lampipuisto, Isännänpolku, Kontula, 00940 Helsinki, Finland
The Wind is Turning Towards the East
Temporary Public Work
The work depicts people drifting in the stream of life - without a pair of oars - without a goal. The direction is determined by the wind, coincidence or fate. The atmosphere is serene. They wait and see what will happen. It may be question about transition, moving, exile, immigration or on the other hand about spritual change.
Part of the original installation that has 18 characters.
Tampere Museum of Contemporary Art ordered this installation for summer 2013.
Work has been supported by City of Tampere and Kraftpoint oy.
This work consistis of 6 lampposts and two human size figures casted in bronze. Idea is in the human evolutionary arc: yongsters may climb the tree to see the future, elderes stay still instead of regrets.
Location of the work is Million junction trafic circle, center of Huittinen, Finland.
Work was made together with Matti Kalkamo and it was commissioned by city of Huittinen.
Circle Fools received Environmental Art Foundation's Art Award 2012.
Address to the site: Risto Rytin katu / Lauttakylänkatu traffic circle, 32700 Huittinen, Finland
When dealing with the Tax and Employment Office, our faces are usually at baseline, perhaps cold sweat on our foreheads. The work Balancing, which I designed for the main staircase of the Sinetti, brings a different attitude to the space. In the work, seven human figures balance life on a seesaw, sometimes defying gravity. Everyone has their counterweight. Each pair moves on its axis due to the effect of air flow. Characters larger than life-size take over the entire fifteen-meter-high space with their cheerfulness.
Balancing is a commissioned by the State Art Commission. Photo: Pekka Helin
Address to the site: Sinetti, Vapaudenkatu 58, 40100 Jyväskylä, Finland
On the Way, Hindrances
On the Way was originally completed for the Wild Man in the Wild - exhibition in Huittinen 1996. A local bank bought the sculpture and ever since it has been running in the center of Huittinen. On the Way is made of fibre glass. Hindrances was made next year together with Matti Kalkamo for ”Phone”-project organized byTampere Museum of Contemporary Art. Telephone company of Huittinen bought the sculpture and now a days figures are in eye contact to each others in the street.
Address to the site: Risto Rytinkatu 32, 32700 Huittinen, Finland
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