AD ASTRA, VUORES, TAMPERE
Ad astra Is a work of land art designed by Kaisa Soini in the Mäyränmäki section of the Vuores residential area in Tampere. The work was commissioned and realized by Sievitalot Oy, and completed in 2017 as part of the Vuores arts programme.
Ad astra Is a star-patterned mosaic work made of cast stone, located in the central piazza of a housing company consisting of small blocks of flats. In terms of the mental image it evokes, the work may be described as a large-scale graphic carpet. Its dimensions are 8 x 22 metres and its surface area about 180 square metres.
The title is derived from the Latin phrase Per aspera ad astra (Through hardship to the stars), which is often also translated Through hardship to victory. Here, it refers literally to the stars and the nature theme common to the art in the Vuores area. The star patterns in the work repeat the constellations in the firmament and, when lit during night-time, reflect the constellations back to the sky – to the stars.
The star patterns, composed according to different groups of colours, form groups which further form constellations mostly seen in the Northern sky: Ursa Minor (Lesser Bear/Little Dipper), Musca (Fly), Cassiopeia and Corona Borealis (Northern Crown).
The intensity and colour of the lighting, recessed in the paving, are varied to ensure that the constellations can be discerned in the dark. The brightest and largest of the lights represents Kochab, a star in the Little Dipper.
For the residents, Ad astra offers varying experiences along their daily routes, and thanks to the lighting it also functions as a festive venue for joint events.
The work may be viewed in the grounds of the housing companies Vuoreksen Tähti I and II (Hupakankorvenkatu 6-10, Tampere).
ART IN THE NOISE BARRIERS OF THE TAMPERE TUNNEL
In connection of the construction of the Tampereen Rantatunneli tunnel, large-sized works of art were created in the vicinity of the tunnel, as part of the overall project implemented by the Rantatunneli Alliance.The art project known as the Noise Art Gallery was completed in 2016. This consists of a total of some 440 metres of concrete noise barriers, featuring art designed by six visual artists.
The art noise barriers by Kaisa Soini are found in Soukanlahdenkatu street in Armonkallio and along Main Road 12 in Santalahti, near the western end of the tunnel.
The visual idea for the work in Soukanlahdenkatu is derived from the buildings in the Armonkallio area. The purpose was to bring tranquillity to the neighbourhood and support the creation of street space between the wall of noise barriers and the buildings in Soukanlahdenkatu.
The work consists of eight 2×4-metre sections, with a colour scheme selected to reflect the colours of the façades of the buildings opposite and the different chronological layers. The surface of the work, realized in graphic concrete, is three-dimensional, while its asymmetrical shape repeats the shape of the bay windows looking on the street.
The work is designed to appear three-dimensional to pedestrians, who are able to see the tricks of perspective of the surface and the ‘two faces’ of the work that change according to the direction of approach. The same idea was applied in the two-dimensional addition to the work, situated at the northern end of Soukanlahdenkatu.
SANTALAHTI, MAIN ROAD 12
The work in Santalahti strives to adapt itself to the overall landscape of the area, defined by the massive traffic arrangements of Main Road 12, the shoreline of Lake Näsijärvi and the residential areas still under construction. The aim is to enter into a dialogue with these fixtures so as to complement the landscape by minimalistic means.
The work consists of three 2×8-metre sections resembling navigation marks. The surface is created of graphic concrete as a combination of black aggregate and trough-like depressions in it. The niche-like depressions are finished with metallic paints creating reflections and illusory shapes.
The materials used are extremely sensitive to changes in light conditions, with the result that the shape of the work appears to change completely depending on the lighting. The phenomenon can best be observed from a moving car.
DEBET-CREDIT, TAMPERE COMMERCIAL COLLEGE
Debet–credit is public art by Kaisa Soini in the main lobby of the Tampereen kauppaoppilaitos [Tampere Commercial College]. Commissioned by the City of Tampere and completed in 2010, the work consists of a series of seven paintings placed along a 30-metre wall on the second floor of the lobby.
WRITINGS contains the article In Search of Modern Time (in Finnish, RY 4/2011) by Kaisa Soini, which presents the work. An essential part of the process was to achieve a close relationship to the rationalistic architecture of the building.
The work may be seen in Tampereen kauppaoppilaitos (Sammonkatu 45, Tampere).