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City of Mikkeli Gets an Art Program

Maija Kovari

During 2017, Public Art Agency Finland will create guidelines for future public art projects in the form of a public art program for the city of Mikkeli. These common guidelines will connect different parts of the city administration and help in the production of high quality public art projects - be it in the form of monuments, light art, temporary snow sculptures during winter, murals, or sound art - in a flexible way. At the same time, information about public art will be made more readily available to the public and different organisations active in the field of public art in the area.

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At home, as a tourist - notes from the Arctic

Maija Kovari

Maija Kovari is hired in a new collaborative project with the University of Lapland and the northern travel industry to develop the use of Public Art in the Arctic Region. As well as participating in the creation of general guidelines for collaboration between contemporary artists and the arctic travel industry, she will be designing a public artwork in the context of an arctic zoo - the Ranua Zoo. 

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Pilot study of integrated art published in Tampere

Maija Kovari

The founder of Public Art Agency Finland, sculptor and architect Maija Kovari worked in a study project of public art, the results of which are now public. In the project, Kovari worked as an artist in a street design team, designing artworks that could replace ordinary structures in city space. The goal was to study, if art could be integrated in urban surroundings in more cost affective methods than is currently customary. The results are promising.

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Supporting a Rising Star in Espoo

Maija Kovari

We are very proud to be involved in a project in Espoo, where a public artwork by Lotta Mattila will be the connecting force between three areas of a new neighbourhood of Niittykumpu. 

Working in collaboration with the City of Espoo, the Espoo Museum of Modern Art EMMA, as well as with Ramboll Finland, we make sure that the artwork is created seamlessly in collaboration with the other parts of the huge construction project.

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Making infrastructure interesting trough stories

Maija Kovari

This series of collectable cards tell stories along the tracks of the soon to be built tramway in Tampere, a city of approx 220 000 inhabitants in Southern Finland. Each card sheds light on the history, and the future of a specific area around the future tram stops.

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Public art in Singapore - a field study

Maija Kovari

In October 2016, Maija Kovari spent a month in Singapore, meeting local experts and professionals in art and urban planning to understand the particularities that make up the rich urban landscape of the city state, from the point of view of public art. Join her on this trip here.

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Interview: What is the point of Public Art?

Maija Kovari

Why do we need art in urban areas? What is art for anyway? Would a vampire make a good urban planner?

... read about these and other pertinent questions concerning art as part of urban planning and landscape architecture, as discussed in an interview with Tobias Baur

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