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Tampere 240 - Art along the Tammerkoski Rapids

This year, Tampere’s anniversary will be celebrated by displaying public artworks along the new shore route by Tammerkoski Rapids. Tampere 240 – Art along the Tammerkoski Rapids will be exhibited for 240 hours from 27 September to 6 October 2019, during which the shore route by Tammerkoski Rapids will offer special experiences for local residents and visitors.

The event will display eight Finnish and international works of contemporary art. Furthermore, the Dancing Fountains water and light show will be performed in Tammerkoski Rapids. The show combines sprays of water, lights and music.

Check the locations of the artworks along the banks of Tammerkoski Rapids from the attached map. The artworks will be at their best after 6 p.m. when it is getting dark.

Photos: Laura Vanzo

Presentation of artworks and artists

1. Maija Kovari: Kosken kuulemat

 Kosken kuulemat

Kosken kuulemat is an installation that will take over the banks of Tammerkoski Rapids, from Mältinranta to Kehräsaari. The ten-piece artwork consists of sentences heard on the shores of the rapids, and the poetic sculptures have been fitted to the rapids scenery. The sentences reveal the joys, sorrows and words of wisdom of the local people. The artist Maija Kovari comments: “I listened to people in the city centre all summer long. At squares and marketplaces, on streets, at cafés, in parks. People talked about love, longing, their daily life, dogs – and, of course, food! This artwork is an image of the local people and dedicated to them – to the current and future residents, as well as to those who lived here in the past."

Maija Kovari is both a visual artist and an architect, and her work within public art is versatile. As regards her work methods, Kovari has been described as an urban storyteller, and her works often focus on the encounters of other people, sparked by play and warm humour.

2. Anna Pekkala: Pushing Daisies

Pushing daisies

Pushing Daisies consists of three large dinosaur sculptures in two locations along the route: in the Aleksandra Siltanen Park by the upper course of Tammerkoski Rapids and at the end of the route on Vuolteentori Square. The artwork studies the history of the world and the current state of the globe. There is an increasing concern of the climate change and mass extinction of species in the background. Dinosaurs are global icons that are familiar to all generations via science and popular culture. Pushing Daisies was also displayed at Mänttä Art Festival in 2018.

Anna Pekkala is a sculptor who lives and works in Tampere. Pekkala has graduated as a visual artist (University of Applied Sciences) from Tampere University of Applied Sciences in 2015. Nature, humanity, sounds, death and fears are present in her works. However, she also deals with these themes by means of humour.

3. Brilliant Games

Loistavat pelit

The light installation Brilliant Games (Loistavat pelit) will be lit on the windows of the second floor of Museum Centre Vapriikki. The five windows are located in the Finnish Museum of Games, which is why the artwork has been influenced by pixel art and games that are familiar to everyone. The work is designed and implemented by Marko Vierimaa, in cooperation with Vapriikki and Stereo:ID.

In the front yard of Vapriikki, the light installation will create a warm atmosphere during the darkening evenings of autumn and winter. The work will be exhibited until the end of January. After the display period, the artwork will be stored. It will be displayed once again, renewed, in the autumn of 2020.



The installation draws influences from Estonian and Finnish cultural heritage and traditional patterns in textiles, but also from patterns that appear in nature. In the work, a pattern of light, produced by videomapping, is reflected onto a Tampella wall. The work also includes a resonating, six-metre-high sculpture.

The work is realised in cooperation with Tartu, twin city of Tampere, as well as with NGO Valgusklubi (the Light Club) and the Tartu in Light festival. It has been designed by Elo Liiv (sculpture, implementation and idea), Alyona Movko (videomapping) and Taavi Suisalu (sound installation).

5. Flowers of Life: Initium


Initium consists of large “flowers" with UV lights that glow in the dark – they seem to float in the air. The work creates a magical impression: its art draws influences from the “sacred geometry", the symmetry of nature and cosmos, as well as from the dimensions in them.

The Flowers of Life team has visited 24 countries. In Finland, their works have been displayed at Slush Helsinki in 2016 and at Lumo Light Festival Oulu in 2018. The team was established by light artist Veikko Lappalainen from Livonsaari, who has worked with light art since 2002.

6. Petteri Jerkku: Knut


The Knut light installation portrays the birth of a new life and its fragility. The inspiration and theme for the artwork originated from the experiences of artist Petteri Jerkku at the birth of his own child. The work is a tribute to Finnish healthcare, as well as to the personnel of Tampere University Hospital and their excellent work thanks to which the Jerkku family has a healthy child. The work is implemented as part of the Tampere Tramway art programme.

Petteri Jerkku is a stage and lighting designer who has created stage designs for the Provinssi Festival, Kosmos Festival, MetsäFestival and various other events in Finland and abroad.

7. Richard Röhrhoff: Wish Tree


Wish Tree (Toivomuspuu) is a light and sound work on the branches of a linden that grows between Laikku Cultural House, the Old Church and Tampere Theatre. The viewers may make a wish for the linden via a website and the linden will fulfil the wish that will receive the highest number of votes from people who will be present by the tree. The tree will then come alive and fulfil the wish concerned by performing music or a poem.

Richard Röhrhoff is a founder and producer of Essen Light Festival. He has also produced many other events in Germany. In addition, Röhrhoff creates his own light and sound installations in which he plays with colours and emotive music.

Music: Olaf Oebels; Sound mixing: Petri Kivimäki; Voice of the Wish Tree: Pirkko Uitto; Rap: Anni Lähdesmäki; Translation: Mirka Lahti

8. Minna Leinonen and Jussi Suonikko: Ghost Tram


In Ghost Tram (Haamuratikka), an imaginary tram runs along Hämeenkatu Street and stops at a tram stop by Koskipuisto Park. Those passing by may become aware of the sounds of the artwork and pause for a while and listen to them – or continue walking, wondering if it was just their imagination. The sounds in the Ghost Tram are not loud, but it is rather an imaginary journey to the sounds of the city. The Ghost Tram is a continuation to the Tram Trip sound installation, which was displayed at Tampere Biennale in 2016.

The work was created by Minna Leinonen, composer, and Jussi Suonikko, musician and music technologist. Minna Leinonen is interested in societal art, art that takes environmental aspects into account, multiarts and documentariness. Her compositions have been performed by the BBC Philharmonic, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Suonikko has worked with recordings in all roles of record production in Finland. He has participated in establishing three studios and two labels. He has worked as a teacher and as an IT support specialist for a long time at Tampere Music Academy.

9. Dancing Fountain

Dancing Fountain

The Dancing Fountain show in Tammerkoski Rapids can be viewed during the event for the first time in Finland. In the show, the illuminated, impressive sprays of water dance to the rhythm of music.

These splendid shows have been enjoyed in Las Vegas and Dubai, for instance. The show can be viewed daily at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. until 5 October. The show will be implemented by Profilight.

The locations of the pieces of art on the map