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
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.
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 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 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
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
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.
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
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
9. 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.