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Competition to bring public art to Central Pasila

19.1.2016 9:45

The City of Helsinki Executive Office, Helsinki Art Museum HAM and YIT are organising a competition to find a public work of art to be located on Fredikanterassi.

The purpose of the competition is to find several permanent and site-specific public artworks for the pedestrian area of a bridge that will connect East and West Pasila. The area will be called Fredikanterassi and will be located in front of the Tripla complex which is expected to be completed in 2021.

There will be considerable investment in the quality and amenity of the public outdoor space in Central Pasila. The Fredikanterassi artwork competition is a joint project of the City of Helsinki and YIT which has the aim of increasing the attractiveness of the area.

The percentage financing principle, which is also in use at Central Pasila, will provide the funds for the artworks: in connection with the plot conveyance, funds have been collected from the area’s developers to enable public art projects.

Two-stage international ideas competition

The Fredikanterassi public artwork competition will be arranged in two stages. The first stage is a general ideas competition. It will start on 19 January 2016 and end on 15 September 2016.

The second stage of the competition will commence when the jury has shortlisted eight entries from the first stage for the second stage. Each entry that makes it to the second stage will receive a reward of EUR 4,000.

The second stage of the Fredikanterassi artwork competition will end on 15 February 2017. The entries submitted to the second stage will receive the following rewards: 1st prize EUR 12,000, 2nd prize EUR 8,000, 3rd prize EUR 6,000, and 5 other purchases will each receive EUR 4,000.

The aim is to create at least one artwork from the competition entries over the years 2017-2021. The guideline maximum cost of producing one work of art is EUR 450,000. The City of Helsinki will make the final decision on the implementation of the artworks.

The competition programme and the competition rules of the Artists’ Association of Finland will be observed in the competition. The competition programme is also available at the office of the Artists’ Association of Finland and the Association of Finnish sculptors. The competition appendices are only available on the website.

Tripla and Central Pasila

Central Pasila will become Helsinki’s second centre. A hundred years ago Eliel Saarinen already envisaged Helsinki’s expansion to Pasila. Tripla, which will be the size of three blocks, will consist of offices, a shopping and conference centre, housing, a hotel and a public transport terminal. The Pasila Bridge will be turned into a wide urban street.

The new centre will be a hub that brings together locals, visitors, travellers, working people, cyclists, motorists, pedestrians, jobs, housing, entertainment, culture, and sports and fitness opportunities. A dense network of railway, metro, tram and bus connections will ensure smooth transportation.