Helsinki, Finland

The Sky Over Helsinki

The sky is the most democratic space in the city: it serves all, and is produced by all alike. The image of citizens breathing in and out, feeding and being fed by the sky reflects the idea that we want to transfer to the culture.

The City of Helsinki is tempted to spend hundreds of millions of municipal euros in return for the benefits of the branding of the city with someone else’s mark. Is this really the best use for the site and tax money? Our goal is to create a new artwork for the city that finds its reason for being on the pre-existing and converts culture into the protagonist of the urban experience, adding value and identity to the city. We propose a constantly evolving Sky that manifests the cultural excitement of the city through the superposition of three different layers: the Physical (static and controlled), the Virtual (dynamic and invisible), and the Phenomenological (chaotic and experiential). This Sky highlights the qualities of the existing cultural infrastructure and connects cultural exciters: cultural bodies, artists, citizens, and visitors. It is an urban work of art built by all that celebrates, promotes and features Helsinki as a cultural agitator.

Year: 2015
Co-authors: Joaquín Alvado, José Antonio Carrillo, David Serrano

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The Sky Over Helsinki