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`Bodies between architectures´


ceramic print on facade glasses, sculpture installation of brass tube, bars, chains, fishing lures, machine turned 3d objects and embossed patinated objects 

  The work comprises a ceramic print pattern on the facade glasses of the two hospital buildings and a sculpture installation on the connecting bridge from which the hospital derives its name. The five-part ensemble establishes connections with the materials of the surrounding architectures, embracing both historical modernism and the contemporary architecture in which it resides. Simultaneously, it (re)imagines functions and movements within the structures.

   The brass sculptures are distributed on the interior surfaces of the connecting bridge. On the wall facing the sea-view window, a railing motif with chains and fishing lures is hung. Clusters of brass bars are folded on the glass railing, reminiscent of newspapers left on metro train railings. CNC-turned replicas of takeaway coffee cups are stacked as towers in the lounge stairway seating area. Some coins, including both blank 'future coins' and coins with the facade pattern embossed on them, are embedded in the oak surface of the steps.

   The ceramic print on the facade glasses, set in the midst of the aluminum casing grid, depicts sunlight on the ripples of the sea's skin. The pattern permits light to pass through the shiny parts of the image, and the silvery background behind the glasses reflects the light back, producing a changing effect on the facade.

   The experience of the artwork unfolds as one moves or lingers  around the spaces. The forms of the sculptures create visual connections with the architectural details in their proximity, making the eye wander through the space.

    The themes explored in the artwork evoke a sense of delight, resonating with both the functionalities of the architecture and the individuals inhabiting the space.

Commission for HUS Bridge Hospital, Meilahti, Helsinki

Curator Taru Elfving

In co-operation with Team Integrated / AW2 Architects, B&M Architects

Photos Jakob Johannsen, Matti Snellman, Tuomas Uusheimo

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