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Aarne Jämsä: Kenkä / The Shoe, 1994. You may not use this photo for commercial purposes. © Photo: Helsinki Art Museum / Hanna Kukorelli

The Shoe

Artist Aarne Jämsä

Mikkolankuja 1, Pakila, Helsinki

Aarne Jämsä (b. 1956, Jokioinen) developed the idea for The Shoe together with students of the Toivola School. According to the artist, the purpose was to create a work of art that would have no practical function but would be luxurious and beautiful. Installed next to a pool, the sculpture was originally intended as a fountain, with the laces of the lone shoe rising up in streams of water. Two faces can be seen in the mosaic on the shoe. Jämsä’s art playfully flirts with naivism, surrealism and pop art and typically combines different materials. The Shoe is made of concrete and covered with broken ceramic tiles of different colours.

The work was produced under the Percent for Art programme, and it belongs to the collection of the City of Helsinki, managed by HAM Helsinki Art Museum.

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