The Kerava Art Museum – Reika Avaruudessa

The trees in the parks of Helsinki were beginning to show signs of awakening from their winter sleep when I arrived here early May. Today, my last day in Finland on this trip, they are flush with lush green leaves. I leave behind good friends, old and new. It’s been an exciting few weeks of city life. The Kerava Art Museum exhibition is now open to the public until August 28 when the artist’s pieces will be dismantled and moved, or recycled.

I’m pleased with the way my two works came out. ‘L.E.M.’ is the small stone and steel construction displayed inside the museum in partnership with Tristan Hamel’s silk-paper globe. Outside, ‘Wishing Wells’ invites museum-goers and passer-by’s to walk through and around its canyons and cavities.

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4 Responses to The Kerava Art Museum – Reika Avaruudessa

  1. Dan Snow June 16, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

    Wishing Wells was designed to be an ephemeral piece. It’s built directly on the grass. Inexperienced stone workers helped to build it. I expect the work to start slumping and slipping apart at any time. I’m actually curious to see how it changes over the summer. I will be back in Helsinki for the closing day of the exhibition. All the artists will be dismantling their work. I intend to have some fun trampling down the walls of Wishing Wells.

  2. Michaela June 15, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

    Hi Dan, I’m finally getting around to really looking at your work at the Kerava. I am so amazed and wish I could experience it in person. Both pieces are phenomenal, and ‘Wishing Wells’ is something I can’t imagine dismantling (really?). But … Do you think they really will take it apart? I couldn’t do it. I would throw a coin into one of the wishing wells and wish that it stay!

  3. Dan Snow June 1, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

    Thanks, John.
    The Kerava Museum and Alto University Environmental Art Department conceived, planned and executed this exhibition, all in the last 6 months. Even a book on the exhibition and its artists was published. It was inspiring to work with such a great group of people.

  4. John Shaw-Rimmington May 31, 2011 at 10:12 pm #

    Beautiful composition. Very clever and unique. It’s always satisfying to hit the nail on the head like that.

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