What kind of sound does light make?

The sound and light installation ‘Krono – Echo of Light’ (Krono – valon kaiku) will be set up in Kruunuvuorenranta for ten days, 2.–11.10.2020.

We all experience time differently. For a small child, a minute can be an eternity, while grown-ups can breeze past their busiest years in what seems like a blink of an eye. In cities, some changes take place slowly and others at the speed of light. City lights turn on and off in pulses that set the beat for buildings rising and growing, bridges extending across waters and generations giving way to new ones. Where a moment ago was nothing, the city now sprawls. Krono presents us with visible echoes from the future as flashes of light.

Krono – Echo of Light

Can the future be seen in echoes of light?

The light and sound installation ‘Krono – Echo of Light’ will be set up in Oil Silo 468 in Kruunuvuorenranta for ten days from 2 October to 11 October. The audio elements of the piece will be played daily from 10:00 to 22:00. The lights of the installation will come on in the evenings as the sun sets and dusk falls over the city.

Krono was inspired by the history, present and future of the Kruunuvuori district and Helsinki itself.

The name is a reference to time and the multiplicity of its meaning. Time can be experienced on a personal level and measured. Moreover, sounds can guide the experience of time.

In the context of the piece, echoes are gifts we give our future selves: those experiencing the piece lend their voices to the silo to then listen to these echoes from what was the present mere moments ago.

Light and sound create a landscape of memories

The soundscape of the piece features a metallic instrument named the cupola, which has a convex shape resembling the roof of the silo. Its ancient yet futuristic timbre could be described as something trapped between two times – the past and the future. The cupola sections of the piece were performed by Lauri Wuolio, who specialises in the instrument. Wuolio and Aki Päivärinne created the soundscape for the installation through strong artistic dialogue.

The installation combines the current and temporary light illuminating the silo. The light inside the silo is indirect – an echo of light, if you will. The purpose of the light is to spark recollections and blend together with sound through abstract patterns. Light and sound fill the space in subtle ways to create a landscape of memories which visitors can interpret through the lens of their own memories and experiences.

There are no restrictions on photographing or videoing the installation. When sharing your photos and videos on social media, please use the hashtag #siilosoi.

Krono – Echo of Light
Oil Silo 468, 2.–11.10.2020 at 10:00–22:00
Aki Päivärinne, sound
Jari Vuorinen, light
Lauri Wuolio, cupola
Ilkka Paloniemi, curation

Oil Silo 468

A new residential area is being constructed in the Kruunuvuorenranta district of Helsinki, and public art – light art in particular – plays an important role in its design and implementation. During Helsinki’s year as the World Design Capital, a permanent light installation, Oil Silo 468, was created in one of the last remaining oil silos in the Laajasalo Oil Harbour.

Since then, the silo has been rented out for a variety of events. In autumn seasons, open door events have also been held over the course of three weekends in September and October to provide audiences with the opportunity to enter the silo and enjoy the light installation.

The restrictions imposed on events by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic sparked the idea to create a new kind of experience outside the silo. This is how Krono was born.

Other light art in Kruunuvuorenranta

Kruunuvuorenranta will become a district of light, which can be admired from the city proper, sea and nearby islands. The lighting arrangements and pieces of light art will make the district a truly unique residential area. New light installations will be added as more buildings are erected. The light art for Kruunuvuorenranta will be produced leveraging the ‘percent for art’ principle, which means that developers must allocate roughly one percent of all project appropriations to art. Read more about light art in Kruunuvuorenranta >>

When visiting the oil silo, you can also see the other pieces of light art in Kruunuvuorenranta. You can find them using the map provided below.

Accessing the silo

In terms of public transport, bus lines 88, 88B and 87N from the Herttoniemi metro station will take you closest to the Kruunuvuorenranta oil silo. The nearest stop is on Koirasaarentie (H4695 Haakoninlahdenkatu), which is some 800 metres from the oil silo, along Saaristolaivastonkatu and a waterfront trail. The nearest city bike station is also located in the same place.

To get to the silo by car, drive to the west end of Koirasaarentie and turn left onto Saaristolaivastonkatu. The parking area on Saaristolaivastonkatu is situated between Turumankatu and Astridinkatu. A pedestrian path (300 m) leads from the parking area to the silo along the shore.

The map below indicates the route from the bus stop and parking area. The path to the silo is not difficult, but it has not been possible to ensure full accessibility. A public toilet will be available near the silo for as long as the installation remains in place.


Due to the coronavirus situation, we must take care of each other and consider those around us when enjoying the installation. As such, please observe the recommended safety distances: maintain a distance of about 1.5 metres from those not in your party.

If it is not possible to observe safety distances, we hope that you will wear a face mask when visiting the silo. It is also recommended to wear a face mask on the bus, should you take one to visit the silo.

If you feel like sneezing or coughing, please do so into your elbow, as instructed. If you present any symptoms of a respiratory infection, please stay home. Thank you for your consideration!

Updated 2.10.2020