11.8.-30.9.2012, the cultural association Lila organized an exhibition
" Kommentti II " (Comment II) on site specific environmental art in Helsinki.
A Finnish-Russian group of artists created their artworks in the surroundings of the community
centres Kääntöpaikka and Bokvillan
in the Arabianranta-Toukola neighbourhood.
The exhibition was organized in co-operation with Association Land and Art from Petrozavodsk.
By clicking the pictures you get more of them.
Elina Autio (Helsinki), SUMMER TRIANGLE
Three stars in the sky. Three birches in shade of houses. The sea, meadowsweet, the rabbits
and dogs of Arabia district. A moment cross-ing nature and human time.
Working proce-dure: Knitted woollen yarn around the trees.
Tiina Hallakorpi (Helsinki), ARABIAN TREASUREFIELD
The starting point for my work has been the Arabia factory. Apparently there are pieces of
Arabian porcelain and ceramics everywhere on the ground. I decided to plant plates on the ground.
Let’s see whether they will grow bigger.
Many thanks for Arabia Factory for donating broken second class plates for my work!
Igor Monakhov (Petrozavodsk), THE TRAIL OF PIKE IN WATER
After having worked in Tolstyakovo I was suprised how Veikko forced the
pike to fly in the sky. For me it was interesting to make a comment of his
work by making this fish on the water of the street.
Vladimir Zorin (Petrozavodsk), SIGNS
It is impossible to think of a life of contemporary people without hundreds
and thousands of signs, which guide them in urban space. This is a comment
of a place, of a metropol, where the density of signs is to be found at its
Kaarina Ormio (Helsinki), SEARCH THE TIME - orinteering excercise
With a map that you can borrow from the box, you can search for control points that tell you
about different times in the Bokvillan park.
Victoria Zorina (Petrozavodsk), SHADOW
I take shadow to be the best comment of a concrete place. Thats why I chose
a tree with an interesting silhouette and made a laconic and stylised
shadow with rope.
Evgenia Terentieva (Petrozavodsk), INTERNET IN...
Communication with internet can lead into the piling of signs expressing
emotions and action.
I have transferred them into nature, to tell a story of the surroundings in
the language of the internet signs.
Kirsti Rautasalo (Helsinki), THE BOOK VILLA - THE REST OF THE BOOKS
The covers of the books, and the old books, rest in the shade of the trees; they tell us about
the past, and solemnize the new life of the Book Villa.
Veikko Björk (Helsinki), BIRDHOUSES 1-2
Bird box 1 is covered with pieces of broken porcelain. This box is designed for birds who
are interested in the tradition of Arabia.
Bird box 2 is designed for postmodern, urban birds who are willing to show even the most
intimate events of their private life.
Marja-Elina Uusitupa (Helsinki), BELLFLOWER
– serious art for rabbits
Comment on past and present time in and outside Bokvillan and new growth in the garden.
(BELLFLOWER refers to Tiina Hallakorpi`s work in Tolstjakovo as well as my own work in
The artwork consists of twelve laminated sticker photos on flower labels. The circle has
a diameter of 3 meters. The photos have been shot during Bokvillans renovation time in summer 2012.
Toni Keski-Liikala (Helsinki), THE SNAIL – a dance solo
During the first day of working there was a snail in the performing place.
There seemed to be a connection between the slowness of the snail and the
sea which was visible from the performing place and the vast sky above.
This became the sad and absurd starting point for time and space exploring
story expressed by dance. It comments the starting points, forms and
atmospheres surrounding the visual artist works with its own language of
Our special thanks for the community centre Kääntöpaikka!