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Unelma (‘dream’) Sculpture - Helsinki, Finland
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Chasing Blue Sky
N 60° 10.931 E 024° 56.975
35V E 386273 N 6673466
Quick Description: The Unelma (‘dream’) Sculpture is a movable public work of art, located on the Siltasaari pedestrian street, north east of the city center in Helsinki, Finland.
Location: Finland
Date Posted: 1/8/2013 9:49:50 AM
Waymark Code: WMG3PR
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
Views: 35

Long Description:
"Unelma (‘dream’) sculpture

Oona Tikkaoja’s sculpture Unelma (‘dream’) is a moveable public work of art. Its first location is on Siltasaarenkatu in Hakaniemi. The work is part of the Art on the Union Axis project of the jubilee year.

Moveability is part of the idea behind the work – from far away, the sculpture looks like an anchored hot-air balloon. Unelma tells about the human desire to move upward.

The dome of the hot-air balloon, carousel or pavilion-like sculpture houses a colourful rotor that moves when the wind blows. This particularly large, around ten-metre-high work of art is made of steel and polycarbonate.

The work will be revealed to the public in the Siltasaari pedestrian street area at 2 p.m. on 16 August 2012.

The artist describes the background for the work as follows:

“The first location for the work is on the Unioninkatu street line, which is home to many institutions that ‘strive for the heights’, including the observatory, the university and churches. The ruler-straight line drawn by Unioninkatu is a reminded or the human desire to organise things geometrically and to rein in the organicness of nature through the means of design. Although the work is strongly linked to Unioninkatu, it will tell just as poignant a story of the human desire to move upward in its next locations. Unelma is connected to people’s dreams of understanding the mysteries of nature, reach physical and philosophical heights and of fantasising about beauty and order.”

The work is also part of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 programme.

Oona Tikkaoja (b. 1976 in Seinäjoki) has degrees from both the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts and the University of Lapland, and is currently completing her dissertation at Aalto University. Tikkaoja is particularly interested in works of art located in everyday spaces." (visit link)
Title of Piece: Unelma (‘dream’) Sculpture

Artist: Oona Tikkaoja

Material/Media: Steel and Polycarbonate

Date of Creation or Placement: 8/16/2012

Location (specific park, transit center, library, etc.): Siltasaari pedestrian street

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