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Your window on Finnish Environmental Art / Ympäristötaide verkossa / Editor: Lea Turto

in english SAVE VARTIOSAARI - Art Project II,  June 2 - September 29, 2013 in Helsinki Vartiosaari.

 SAVE VARTIOSAARI -taideprojekti II , 2.6.-29.9.2013 Helsingin Vartiosaaressa.

Save Vartiosaari 2013 photos


Artist of the month Kalle Hamn  2013

Garden of Undocumented
Pot garden, book and drawings, 2013

Garden of Undocumented is combined of thirteen plants, which artists have smuggled from outside of EU areas to Finland. The travelling story of the each plant is told in the book and in this way it continues artists. use of plants as a metaphor of refugee and immigrant. See also Immigrant Garden. Some of these plants have been smuggled from their original growing areas, but some of them have already a long history of being moved from one continent to another.

Kalle Hamn

interview of Kalle Hamn 2013
Kalle Hamm's and Dzamil Kamanger's works of garden.
Gardenb of Undocuemented: Gallery Villa Arttu, Hyvinkää
Garden of Invasive Alien Species: Land in Situ, Akaa
Garden of Invasive Alien Species: Liquid Cities & Temporary Identities, Espoo
Immigrant Garden: Jokigalleria, Eura   

"I made with Dzamil Kmanager our first art garden - Immigrant Garden - 2006 to the Harvest Exhibition in Fiskars (FI). Since that we have made two other art gardens too: Garden of Undocumented and Garden of Invasive Alien Species. Immigrant Garden has taken many different kind of shapes and forms depending the site and time. There is also so called Winter Garden version of it, which is made of pressed plants. 

I have collaborated with Dzamil Kamanger since 2000 and we have been dealing with migration and encounters of cultures I historical and present context in our artistic practice. Art Garden is natural perpetuum to our work where we explore different kind of doing and acts as art, like gardening for example.

If I have to categorize our artistic practice, it is some kind of site-specific environmental conceptual art, which sounds horrible and does not mean anything at all in the end. I rather see it belonging to that art historical continuum which has been exploring life as art and tried to minimized the border of art and everyday life. "
tells Kalle Hamn

Online Exhibition April 2013:  Reuse of the old spring mattress
Recycled art of Riitta Schildt and Sami Saralo (Helsinki)

Riitta Schildt and Sami Sarasalo started to built up works out of recycled materials originally 2001 to the Mätäjoki Environment Display (Helsinki).

Riitta shchildt, Sami Sarasalo, recycled art, kierrätystaide
Riitta Schildt and Sami Saralo: Are you Dreaming 2001

Sami Sarasalo, Mätäjoki 2001
Sami Sarasalo, Mätäjoki 2001

When the work (Are you
dreaming) slowly rusted to beatiful red colour it became a haven for waterplants which started to bloom inside.
Are you dreaming: Riitta Schildt and Samisarasalo 2001, Mätäjoki ympäristötaidenäyttely, kierrätystaide

News: Virtual Gallery had, last year 2012, its 10th year of celebration.

We are going to open during this year a new virtual gallery presenting finnish Recycled art. Our first Recycle artist 2013 is Susanna Autio.

Siiri Niemelä New site, read more

Siiri Niemelä,
Siiri Niemelä, "The Messangers", 60 birds made of cotton tissue nappies, Tampere, 2009
/ "Viestintuojat". Noin 60 kpl vanhoista lasten harsovaipoista tehtyjä lintuja. Tampere

Sirpa Svahn-Kumpulainen New site, read more

Sirpa Svahn-Kumpulainen, kierrätystaide, Punainen matto


Harri Markkula artist of month 2013 

Hot Cubes third evolution version will be published in Helsinki Design Week
12 - 22.9.2013!

press materials
see also blog and photos: how to build a sauna in a one day

Harri Markkula: Hot Cube -sauna, Suomenlinna 2013

Hot Cube is a minimalistic sauna made by sculptor Harri Markkula. The outer surface of the wooden and windowless Hot Cube is tarred. The visitors can observe life in the water through the lattices of the sauna floor. The sauna is accessed by a small bridge. Hot Cube is designed to be a sensory site. The scents of fire, water, wood and tar strengthen the experience of archetypical basic elements. The steam of the ”water-based” sculpture is blissfully soft. fact sheet -pdf

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in english Let´s go to sauna! Hot Cube -sauna in Helsinki Design Week
Place: Guest Harbor of Suomenlinna, Cafe Bar Valimo (

Time:  9.9. – 15.9.2013: Mon-Thu  11.00 – 21.00, Fri – Sun 11.00 – 16.00  AND 20.9. – 5.10.2013: Fri – Sun 11.00 – 16.00.
Reservations: tel. 09 – 692 6450 / directly from Cafe Bar Valimo / by e-mail:
Price: 50 € / 50 min, turns start at full hours. Sauna fits 5-6 people at a time. Please bring your own towel.

Hot Cube perustiedot -pdf

  Saunomaan! Hot Cube -sauna Helsinki Design Week -tapahtumassa
Paikka: Suomenlinnan vierasvenesatama, ravintola Valimo

Aika:  9.9. – 15.9.2013: ma-to klo 11.00 – 21.00, pe – su klo 11.00 – 16.00 sekä 20.9. – 5.10.2013: pe – su 11.00 – 16.00. Varaukset: 09 – 692 6450 / suoraan ravintola Valimon kassalta / sähköpostilla
Hinta: 50 € / 50 min, vuoron aloitus tasatunnein. Saunaan mahtuu kerralla 5-6 hlöä. Oma pyyhe mukaan.

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NEWS 2013:

News: Finnish environmental artist Timo Jokela is preparing snow sculptures in the Reykjavík Botanic Garden as part of the Winter Lights Festival to run in the capital from February 7-10.

            Timo Jokela, Snow  Sculpture

The sculptures will go on display from Friday evening, when the public can also observe Jokela at work.
As there is little snow in the capital, snow will be transported from Bláfjöll ski resort.

Jokela, who uses natural materials such as snow, ice, and wood in his work, is a professor of Art Education at the University of Lapland in Rovaniemi, Finland.

Lahti, Finland, Participatory Performance 

Artist Kaisa Salmi
in english Art performance dealing with Finnish civil war in 1918 aims to reach 22 000 participants.

 Yhteisöllinen suurperformanssi Lahdessa 28.4.
tuo Suomen sisällissodan muistot nykypäivään.


<Kaisa Salmi
Lahti, Finland, Participatory Performance

 Teoksessa Fellmanin pelto – 22 000 ihmisen elävä monumentti
tuodaan nykypäivään Suomen vuoden 1918 sisällissodan suurin punavankileiri.


Vartiosaari, The Guardian Island, Helsinki

Anu Miettinen: Polkukyltit, Save Vartiosaari taidetapahtuma
Anu Miettinen: " Jungle Path Sign / Polkukyltit-teos", photo: Tapio Rantala 

english Save Vartiosaari – Art Happening
This Environmental Art Exhibition and happenings are for everyone who lives on, visits, or dreams of coming to this jewel in the eastern archipelago of Helsinki. And its purpose is to rally support to save Vartiosaari from being turned into a concrete jungle.
About The Guardian Island and Art happenings.

- Helsingin Vartiosaari on parhaillaan kaavoitusselvityksen alla. Saaren kuvaus
Save Vartiosaari– taideprojekti 3.6.-30.10.2012.

Tue Vartiosaaren säilyttämistä virkistysalueena - koe Vartiosaaren ainutlaatuinen luonto taideteosten kautta!
Teospaikoille löytää taidekartan avulla, kyseessä on aarteenetsinnän kaltainen seikkailu. Tapahtumia läpi kesän, seuraa päivitettyä Infoa!


Projektin organisoija: Kuvataiteilija ja tuottaja / Artist and Producer Anu Miettinen