Fredikanterassi artwork competition

Ecology Stone” by Akseli Leinonen has won the Fredikanterassi art competition. The purpose of the competition was to find permanent, site-specific, public works of art for Fredikanterassi, the pedestrian area of a bridge between East and West Pasila. The area is located in front of the Tripla complex in Central Pasila. The entries submitted to the competition were expected to create a unique identity for the area and offer new perspectives to local residents and visitors alike.

The start of construction of the Tripla complex marked the beginning of an extensive renovation of Central Pasila. During the project, special attention will be paid to the quality and pleasantness of the public outdoor spaces. Pasila Bridge will be converted into a wide street. The new Pasila railway station and the Tripla shopping centre will be completed in autumn 2019. The office and residential facilities in Tripla are expected to be completed by 2021.

The City of Helsinki and YIT organised a public, two-phase competition for works of art for the pedestrian area of Pasila Bridge. The competition ran from 19 January 2016 to 15 February 2017. It was organised by the City of Helsinki Executive Office and HAM Helsinki Art Museum in cooperation with the City of Helsinki City Planning Department, Public Works Department and Building Control Department.

The first phase of the competition ended on 15 September 2016. A total of 148 entries were submitted and eight were selected for the second phase. These entries were submitted by Kirsi Kaulanen, Laura Könönen, Akseli Leinonen, Lotta Mattila, Jarmo Mäkilä, Risto Pentikäinen and Tiina Raitanen and a working group consisting of Pentti Kareoja, Aimo Katajamäki and Marko Pulli. The second phase ended on 15 February 2017.

Ecology stone – a dramatic landmark

Aleksi Mäkilä: Ecology Stone (rendering image)
Aleksi Mäkilä: Ecology Stone (rendering image)

The jury unanimously selected “Ecology Stone” by Akseli Leinonen as the winner. According to the jury, the winning entry was based on a fresh, interesting idea. The work is dramatic, contains a strong contradiction and creates a fascinating contrast between the natural and built environments. Its composition is exceptionally successful and creative in relation to the space provided, and the work also serves as a landmark. In addition, the work is topical and will remain so.

Akseli Mäkilä: Ecology Stone (pienoismalli). Kuva: HAM / Maija Toivanen
Akseli Mäkilä: Ecology Stone (scale model). Photo: HAM / Maija Toivanen

The second prize was awarded to “Reminiscence” by Tiina Raitanen. According to the jury, her work examines the history of the place by means of urban archaeology, in an inventive, unconventional manner. Its shapes are interesting, and it constitutes a bold, uncompromised whole.

Tiina Raitanen: Reminescence (pienoismalli). Kuva: HAM / Maija Toivanen
Tiina Raitanen: Reminescence (scale model). Photo: HAM / Maija Toivanen

The third prize was shared by “Jätinlinna” (Giant’s Castle) by Jarmo Mäkilä and “Puro” (Brook) by Lotta Mattila. Mäkilä’s work is narrative by nature. This is playfully reflected in its three-dimensional shape, but it also involves darker tones.

According to the jury, Mattila’s work has a delicate yet strong presence that dominates the extensive space, on a human scale. Her work is very approachable, and its nature-related theme has a local perspective.

Jarmo Mäkilä: Jätinlinna (pienoismalli). Kuva: HAM / Maija Toivanen
Jarmo Mäkilä: Jätinlinna (scale model). Photo: HAM / Maija Toivanen
Lotta Mattila: Puro (pienoismalli). Kuva: HAM / Maija Toivanen
Lotta Mattila: Puro (scale model). Photo: HAM / Maija Toivanen

In addition, the jury awarded an honorary mention to “Still Life” by Laura Könönen. Her work is dynamic and ambitious in terms of scale. Using static materials, she successfully creates a sense of motion.

Laura Könönen: Still Life (pienoismalli). Kuva: HAM / Maija Toivanen
Laura Könönen: Still Life (scale model). Photo: HAM / Maija Toivanen