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Kluuvinlahden fossiilit / Kluuvinlahti Fossils

• Helsinki • Artist Tuula Närhinen
Published 2003 • © The artist

The stone pavement on Aleksanterinkatu street has an inlaid 8.5 cm wide copper band with Latin names of shoreline animals and plants engraved on it. The band runs along the early 19th century shoreline of Kluuvilahti bay.

During the renovation of Aleksanterinkatu, the Street Division of Helsinki City Public Works Department and the Helsinki City Art Museum organised an idea competition for an environmental work for the street. The competition winner was Tuula Närhinen's (b. 1967) entry Kluuvinlahti Fossils.During the basic renovation of the street, a heating system was installed that keeps the sidewalk free of snow and dry also in the winter.

The Kluuvi district in the centre of Helsinki was originally a bay of sea. The maritime past is now preserved in the work of art speaking about the history of the area for pedestrians. The work is complemented by cast-iron manhole covers with pictures of the water and wetland animals and plants - some of them extinct -- that lived along the shores of the bay.

KLUUVINLAHTI FOSSILS - list of Latin names in the work:

WESTERN END OF ALEKSANTERINKATU - NORTH SIDE(facing towards the Senate Square):

CLADOPHORA GLOMERATA

CERATOPHYLLUM DEMERSUM

MYRIOPHYLLUM SPICATUM

ABRAMIS BRAMA

RUPPIA MARITIMA

CATABROSA AQUATICA

POTAMOGETON PECTINATUS

WESTERN END OF ALEKSANTERINKATU - SOUTH SIDE(facing towards the Senate Square):

PHALARIS ARUNDINACEA

GAMMARUS ZADDACHI

ASELLUS AQUATICUS

MACOMA BALTHICA

STIZOSTEDION LUCIOPERCA

ZANNICHELLIA PALUSTRIS

ELECTRA CRUSTULENTA

ALEKSANTERINKATU EASTERN END - SOUTH SIDE(facing towards the Three Smiths Square):

CAREX NIGRA

BITHYNIA TENTACULATA

CORDYLOPHORA CASPIA

PERCA FLUVIATILIS

POTAMOGETON PERFOLIATUS

ESOX LUCIUS

ALEKSANTERINKATU EAST END - NORTH SIDE(facing towards the Three Smiths Square):

LEMNA MINOR

BOLBOSCHOENUS MARITIMUS

ENTEROMORPHA INTESTINALIS

PHRAGMITES AUSTRALIS

MYRIOPHYLLUM SIBIRICUM

The work belongs to the collections of the Helsinki Art Museum.

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Tuula Närhinen: Kluuvinlahden fossiilit / Kluuvinlahti Fossils, 2003. You may not use this photo for commercial purposes. © Photo: Helsinki Art Museum

Tuula Närhinen: Kluuvinlahden fossiilit / Kluuvinlahti Fossils, 2003. You may not use this photo for commercial purposes. © Photo: Helsinki Art Museum