Shooting Star Jelly Public sculpture, HAM
Hopealaakso Daycare Centre Kruunuvuorenranta, Helsinki.
HAM Curators: Kristiina Ljokkoi and Aleksandra Kiskonen
Photos: Sonja Hyytiäinen ©HAM
Architecture: AFKS Arkkitehdit
Space stretches like a giant piece of jelly, pulled by the masses of celestial bodies large and small. The piece Tähdenlentovanukas (‘Shooting Star Jelly’) is on the hall window. The moment after melting and blending has been captured in the glass, reminiscent of solidified lava in stone.
The three works including Sand Grain Glow, Copper Mount Stash and Shooting Star Jelly are based on the history of Hopealaakso and the idea of mineral evolution. In the beginning there were only a few minerals, but oxygen generating life has encouraged minerals to evolve and shapeshift. In the 18th century many minerals were discovered in the area – named ‘Silver Valley’ in Finnish – silver, chalcopyrite, zinc pyrite, calcite, galena and sphalerite. In these works the minerals appear in glass and clay.
“Kangaskoski’s pieces bring a throw-back to the last centuries’ local history into the daycare centre, but also parallel our day-to-day conception of time with geological time.” Kristiina Ljokkoi HAM