Light installation in Borgströminmäki

In front of the Borgströminmäki apartment block in Kruunuvuorenranta, Helsinki, there is an interactive sculpture. Madonluvut (2019) is a collaboration of two artists: Anna Shkodenko from Estonia and Tomi Humalisto from Finland.

The sculpture is made of stainless steel and light, which shifts its intensity in accordance with the movements of people passing by. There is a rune from the Finnish national epic Kalevala, in which Lemminkäinen beats a snake not with bloodshed, but with knowledge. The words were handwritten by people of different ages and origins, and then cut through the surface of the stainless steel serpent.

Lighting and light installations are a trademark for Kruunuvuorenranta. The art is funded by the one percent principle, which means that the constructors use 1 % of their budget on art.

Photo: Daniel Reini