People will be living, working and moving in Kalasatama during its long construction stage. In order to improve living comfort, environmental art will be created in Kalasatama. It can be either permanent or temporary or in the form of different events. The environmental art in Kalasatama is intended for everyone, and it can also be enjoyed in many ways: a sculpture may serve as a seat, for example.

Events and art in Kalasatama

In order to improve the residents’ living comfort, environmental art will be commissioned for Kalasatama. Environmental art may be permanent (70%), temporary (15%) or in the form of different events (15%).

The environmental art project is managed by the Executive Office of the City of Helsinki, together with the Urban Environment and Culture and Leisure sectors. Environmental art will be funded by a fee of EUR 10 per floor square metre that is collected from the constructors.

Video of the environmental art project in Kalasatama

The video presents the permanent and temporary environmental works in Kalasatama as well as art events from 2019.

Permanent art: Early One Morning, Eternity Sculpture

Artist: Jacob Dahlgren
Description of the work: This steel sculpture is ten metres in diameter and reaches a height of about four metres. According to the Swedish artist, the work is like a game where you try to draw a solid line without lifting your pen off the paper.

Jacob Dahlgren wants to create urban spaces that offer the opportunity to take a short break and play for a while. Early One Morning, Eternity Sculpture looks inviting, and it can be thought of as a meeting point, as its lower platforms may be sat on – climbing is prohibited, however.

The work was completed in 2019.
Address: Capellanaukio 1

Permanent art: Veteen piirretty viiva (Line drawn in water)

Artist: Timo Heino

Description of the work: This twelve-metre tall sculpture consist of a carbon black canoe and a curved steel rod that reaches down from it. The artist Timo Heino took his cues from the work’s environment, the maritime location and the local community. This sculpture strikes a kind of visual chord in the complex of the surrounding buildings, the wedge-shaped courtyard area and the street space.

The shape of the kayak refers to a prehistoric water-craft which, streamlined over thousands of years and composed of high-tech materials, is updated for the era of speed and flying. The reflective, flowing steel bar symbolises the wake left behind by the canoe in water – a line drawn in water.

The work was completed in spring 2014.
Address: Capellan puistotie 3

Permanent art: Kuukkeli (“Siberian jay”)

Artist: Villu Jaanisoo

Description of the work: Kuukkeli is a colourful sculpture nearly six metres tall. Its outer surface is made of Durat recycled plastic, and the entire work uses a total of some 4,000 kilos of it.  The work is built on a steel frame, with beak and legs of stainless steel. The legs feature ball valves decommissioned from industrial use.

The work takes its inspiration from the special characteristics given to the Siberian jay in folklore. The Siberian jay or “soul bird” was considered a friend and protector of people traversing the forest. Different deeper meanings have been given to the bird itself or spotting it in the wild.

The work was completed in spring 2016.
Address: Junonkatu 2

Permanent art: Istuinveistokset (“Seat sculptures”)

Artist: Marjukka Korhonen

Description of the work: 14-piece spacial artwork, Istuinveistokset. The inspiration for the three different groups of chairs were chair models from 20th century working-class homes from districts near Kalasatama. They bring a memory of the area’s past life to the public beach area in a newly built district. The chairs combine the intimate atmosphere of private homes with the open public space.

In contrast to ordinary sculptures, the seat sculptures are designed for use as well as viewing. However, their placement differs from what is normally expected from public furniture.

The seat sculptures are made of acid-proof steel, as spatial art designed for use requires special durability. The work’s metal surfaces have been polished and partially painted. The people sitting on the chairs and the marks left behind from their touches become a part of the work.

The work was completed in stages in 2016, 2018 and 2019.
Address: Parrulaituri and Capellanaukio

Permanent art: Compass & Stars

Artist: Riikka Puronen

Description of the work: According to Riikka Puronen, the work is about two different world views meeting. The compass represents a mathematical world view, in which the phenomena can be measured and verified. Two vessels are balanced along the centre axis of the compass; their contents are unknown and cannot be named. The work stands as a landmark for Toukolan rantapuisto park in the green area between Kyläsaarenkuja, Roomankatu and the sea. The work’s location also combines the different elements of living and urban structure. It is located in the middle of an outdoor area that is surrounded by apartment buildings and educational institutions and reaches into the sea.

The seven-metre sculpture is built from steel and aluminium treated into different colours.

The work was completed in May 2018.
Address: Toukolan rantapuisto

Temporary art: Flamigos

Artist: Pasi Rauhala

Description of the work: Flamigos takes control over the colonnade located below Kulosaari bridge and the wasteland along Capellan puistotie. The name of the work is a combination of the words flamingos and amigos (Spanish for friends). It is a reference to a flock of flamingos that used to live in Korkeasaari Zoo, across the water from Kalasatama. In 2010, a fox was able to sneak into the zoo and maul two of the flamingos. The rest of the birds died from shock. The fixed part of the work is in the bridge columns, where Rauhala built a flock of moving flamingos using steel elements and programmed light. The second part is virtual, and it can be viewed using a free augmented reality (AR) mobile app called Arilyn. The app will display animated flamingo figures on the wasteland below the bridge.

The work was completed in autumn 2019.

Temporary art: Valomerkki rannalta (“A light signal from the beach”)

Artist: Tatu Tuominen

Description of the work: The two-part work “Valomerkki rannalta” looks at the history of Kalasatama’s nearby areas from the point of views of seafaring and everyday life on the outskirts of the city. The first part is a light artwork that can be seen on the top windows of housing company Kalasataman Fiskari by people moving in the vicinity of Sompasaari canal. The programmed light artwork can be seen every twenty minutes in the evenings between 19:00 and 22:00 until the end of February 2020. As the second part of the work, the artist will distribute Eero Haapanen’s non-fiction book “Sörkan rysäkeisarit – kalastajia, ajureita ja salakuljettajia” (“Sörkka’s hoop net champions – fishermen, drivers and smugglers”) (Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura, 2013) to the new apartments completed in Sompasaari while the temporary light artwork is being displayed. The book deals with the eventful life of the Karlsson family of fishermen at Vanhankaupunginlahti and elsewhere in Helsinki, from the late 19th century to the 1960s. Among other things, the book talks about smuggling moonshine during the prohibition and the criminal lifestyle that developed around it. The book also reveals how Helsinki and the everyday life of its residents have changed over the past one hundred years.

The work is viewable between 10/2019 and 2/2020.

Temporary art: Kalasatama Mammoth

Artist: Riitta Kopra

Description of the work: Mammoth is a work related to Riitta Kopra’s studies at the Academy of Fine Arts. The work, made from steel, peat and other natural materials, such as stonecrop and lingonberry twigs, is the size of a real mammoth. Kopra has the following to say about her work: “The oldest peat bog in Finland has been dated back to about 10,000 years ago. This forms a temporal connection to mammoths, a meeting between the continuous and the interim: Mammoths were around for at least 4 million years and they disappeared 10,000 years ago, which was fairly recently in a way. Humanity should try placing themselves on the timeline of evolution and think about whether we are the centre and culmination of everything.”

Mammoth is well suited for Kalasatama, as it stands right next to the Korkeasaari Zoo, which has a mission to protect endangered animals. Another reason that makes it suitable is that the construction of the area is a mammoth project in and of itself. The Mammoth has suffered from vandalism over the years, but it still has several years left at the southern tip of Kalasatama before construction in the area begins.

The work was completed in 2012.
Address: South-eastern tip of Kalasatama

Temporary art: Kalasatama Christmas tree

Artwork: Kalasatama Christmas tree

Designer: Marjut Kauppinen

Description of the work: The Christmas tree brought the holiday spirit to Kalasatama in 2014–2016.

Environmental art events for 2019

The City of Helsinki selected the works “Sörnäistenniemen Möhkäle” (“Sörnäistenniemi Lump”) by Liikkeen puolesta kannatusyhdistys ry, “Aramid” by Ilmatila ry and “Kalasataman yö” (“Kalasatama Night”) by the Finnish Baroque Orchestra as the environmental art projects to be funded in the summer of 2019. The events were open and free of charge to everyone.

Sörnäistenniemen Möhkäle / Liikkeen puolesta kannatusyhdistys ry

Petri Kekoni Company’s environmental dance work “Sörnäistenniemen Möhkäle” was performed for four nights between 29 August and 1 September 2019 on the sea area in front of Capellanaukio. The work combined movement with Joanna Weckman’s sculptural costumes and Mikko Hynninen’s sound and lighting design. The work was performed on a pontoon ferry about 50 metres from Sörnäistenniemi pier towards the sea, from where the Möhkäle character also took to the shore before disappearing between the buildings in Kalasatama. “The work brings art close to the sea. This beautifully presents its key idea – coexistence between humans and the natural elements,” Petri Kekoni said.

Aramid / Ilmatila ry

“Aramid”, a contemporary circus work that combined aerial acrobatics, music and architecture, was performed for four nights in the Bryga urban park on the roof of shopping centre Redi on 1–4 August 2019. Circus artist Ilona Jäntti continued her spatial way of working by utilising the park’s column structure in her performance. After observing the architecture and environment at Kalasatama, the musician Aino Venna composed and adapted a sound piece based on ditties that supported the aerial acrobatics.

Kalasataman yö / The Finnish Baroque Orchestra

The Kalasataman yö music events were evening and nighttime concerts by the Finnish Baroque Orchestra (FiBO). The five-part event series was mainly focused on music, but it also involved contemporary circus and meditation. The first part in the series presented English Baroque. The second concert featured music for violin and lute from the early Italian master composers. In the third part, music by Purcell and Dowland led us on a path to meditation. Bach’s music was the theme of the fourth concert, and the last one featured a baroque music band from Mallorca. “The concerts offer relaxation, beauty, joy and inspiration to the lives of the city dwellers,” said Laura Kajander, Executive Manager for FiBO.

Updated 5.6.2020