The art of Väre and the School of Business reflects the multidisciplinary approach.
The artists of the first art pieces for Aalto University’s new buildings were publicized. The works of art will be displayed in the two cluster areas in the School of Arts, Design and Architecture building, Väre, and in the main entrance hall of the School of Business building. Both buildings in Otaniemi are nearing completion.
The jury chose “INSIGHT” by Tommi Grönlund and Petteri Nisunen and “LUMEN” by Kirsi Kaulanen for the School of Arts, Design and Architecture building, Väre, through an invited art competition. The joint works by Grönlund and Nisunen focus on studying natural phenomena and the essence of time. Kaulanen is best known for her laser-cut stainless-steel installations.
A design proposal for the installation for the main entrance hall of the School of Business building will be acquired from architectural ceramist Kirsi Kivivirta, whose art is centered on unique jigsaw-like wall works.
“Our aim in Aalto University is to increase the visibility, impact and value of art and creativity in society. Newly selected artworks for the School of Art, Design and Architecture and the School of Business are doing just that. They call to create new connections and relevance for our university and its teaching, research and art. The pieces act as guides not only for the new buildings, but also to the history and future of the university. I look forward to seeing the artwork in place at the opening party in September”, says Anna Valtonen, Vice President for Art and Creative Practices at Aalto University.
Aalto University is the only Finnish university that adheres to the one percent of art in its construction and renewal projects. In addition to the works by Grönlund, Nisunen, Kaulanen and Kivivirta, other art purchases will be made for Väre and the School of Business building. The 70-meter protective concrete wall next to the buildings will get a new look after the results from the student art competition.