The newest public artwork commissioned by the municipality of Ii, Peculiar Flowers by Paula Suominen is a three-piece mosaic sculpture, which expresses the vitality of plants, survival and adaptation. The artist has utilized in the three sculptures ‘’Kaihonkukka’’ (Omphalodes), ‘’Kuukunen’’ (Calvatia) and ‘’Kultatyrakki’’ (Euphorbia epithymoides) recycled mosaics collected from locals of Ii in 2018, as well as mosaic droplets produced in art workshops of the local work rehabilitation centre in 2018.
The artwork is a renaissance of the rough ground. The pieces are born from the land of past and future. Plants are in control of the land and share the right to share the values of nature. The vital conditions are re-shared on the planet. All species and creatures have equal responsibilities and rights to the land, water and air. No one can own them. The plants control and nurture the land and the planet. Humans now have a window of opportunity to find a more equal dialog with the nature. Altruistic empathy towards plants, animals and nature releases energy and strength to humans themselves through art.
‘’Kaihonkukka’’ (Omphalodes) signifies the eternal cycle of water, as well as all organic. It is the symbol of the rebirth and unity of humans and nature. The reformer and upkeeper of age-old relationships. Also the shape of droplet found around the Lähde! Park is repeated in the piece.
‘’Kuukunen’’ (Calvatia) is a humorous mushroom of the earthy ground. The original form. Tireless carrier of spores. The organizer of celebration of new life. The empathy of Mother Nature. The colours of nature are an endless source of wonder. The orange tones are accompanied in the piece by the old plates of the local farmers’ society.
‘’Kultatyrakki’’ (Euphorbia epithymoides) is a long droplet inspired by tear drops. The piece collects the natural light of different seasons into a discussion with night and day. The interface of moon and tides. Outlines of shells and time. Nature and humans living in different times. Do we understand the time of earth, water and air?
Peculiar Flowers is the newest public artwork commissioned by the municipality of Ii, and it will find its home at the newly built Lähde! park in Ii. The artwork will be revealed at the opening of the Art Ii Biennial on 11 June 6PM at www.artii.fi
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