New public work by Vesa-Pekka Rannikko unveiled in Tuusula

Vesa-Pekka Rannikko’s new public sculpture series Kirjoverkkoperhonen (Scarce Fritillary) was unveiled during the summer in Tuusula, Finland. The body of work consists of forty butterfly sculptures, which are placed on trees, lamp posts and other structures along the light traffic route. The sculptures are made of steel and each one is painted individually.

The work is based on the history and natural environment of the Rykmentinpuisto area. In the past, during the area’s garrison’s activities, the terrain conditions favored the living conditions of the scarce fritillary. Lately, the species has no longer been observed. Alongside Rannikko’s sculptures, different flowering plants are planted in the area, hoping to attract butterflies and other pollinators.

Rannikko wants to gently provide the residents of the area with opportunities to look at their surroundings with fresh eyes, and also to remind them of the changes in the natural environment. For him, art is a great tool for experiencing familiar places and routes in a different way.

The work is part of the production of the Rykmentinpuisto art program of Tuusula municipality.


Photo: Vesa-Pekka Rannikko

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Anne Koskinen and Noora Schroderus at Serlachius Art Sauna

Works by Anne Koskinen and Noora Schroderus are featured at the new Serlachius Art Sauna in Mänttä. Standing on the shore of Serlachius Museum Gösta, the architecturally unique sauna building is characterised by the dialogue of art, design, landscape, and architecture. Several of Koskinen’s Findling sculptures are peeking from among the cobblestones at the outside patio, and Schroderus’s Intim Interiör plaster works lead to the unisex restrooms. The building is planned by the same architect trio who designed Serlachius Museum Gösta’s Pavilion: Hector Mendoza, Mara Partida and Boris Bežan. In Finland, architectural partner is Pekka Pakkanen. Other participating artists are for example Jussi Goman, Laura Könönen and Anni Rapinoja.

Image: Anne Koskinen, Findlings, 2014-2017, granite, migmatite. Courtesy of Serlachius Museums, Sampo Linkoneva

Mari Sunna in New York

Between 25 June and 6 August, Mari Sunna will take part in the Universes 5 show at The Hole gallery, New York. This is the 5th iteration of the international group exhibition, this time conceptualized and curated by Saša Bogojev, and previously held in Imola, Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Paris. The Universes 5 brings together a selection of 26 artists that work with painting, sculpture, and installation, focusing on the artists that strongly rely on creating their own spectrums of characters, settings, and/or events. With her work “Twin“ (2020), Mari Sunna pushes the viewer into a fantastical, imaginary sphere and challenges the minds of the viewers with her own perspective and reinvention of reality.

Image: Mari Sunna, Twin, 2020, oil on canvas, 75 x 65 cm