New public works by Vesa-Pekka Rannikko unveiled

Two new public works, Phoenix and Welcome, by Vesa-Pekka Rannikko have been unveiled at the Koivutori square in Vantaa.

Phoenix consists of a large bird pattern painted and illuminated on the surface of the asphalt, round seating areas, and cherry tree plantings. With the flame red evening lighting, designed by Ari Tiilikainen, the Phoenix bird is reborn at nightfall. The starting point of the work was the Phoenix fable, which is familiar in many cultures and mythologies.

In the work Welcome, multilingual greetings cut out of steel decorate the edges of Residential activity facility Kirnu’s roof. In the text, the word ‘Welcome’ is repeated in 14 languages spoken in the area. The residents were involved in the implementation of the work: they were asked to write a welcome greeting in their native language and own handwriting.

The works are added to the collection of Vantaa Art Museum.


Photo: Vesa-Pekka Rannikko