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Pasi Rauhala: Flamigos, 2019. You may not use this photo for commercial purposes. © Photo: Maija Toivanen / HAM Helsinki Art Museum


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Capellan puistotie 14, Helsinki

Pasi Rauhala’s (b. 1978) work Flamigos will take over both the columns below Kulosaari bridge and the wasteland along Capellan puistotie. The name of the work is a combination of the words flamingos and amigos (Spanish for friends). The work refers to the flamboyance of flamingos that used to live in Korkeasaari Zoo just across from Kalasatama. In 2010, a fox got into the zoo and mauled two flamingos. The rest of the birds died of shock.

Bridge columns covered with a flamboyance of moving flamingos with the help of steel elements and programmed lights make up the fixed part of the work. The other part is virtual, and it can be seen using the free-of-charge augmented reality (AR) application Arilyn on a smartphone. The application will display animated flamingos on the wasteland under the bridge.

Flamigos is a temporary work and it belongs to the collections of the HAM Helsinki Art Museum.

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