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Mural turns 3D in new public artwork

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Mural turns 3D in new public artwork

Maija Kovari

The fast growing new neighborhood of Niittykumpu in Espoo has gotten a new public artwork by the young contemporary artist Lotta Mattila, known for her exquisite animal sculptures. In this work, Mattila took on the challenge of combining mural with sculpture to create an imaginative, multi part artwork starring a young Okapi - a central african mammal resembling both a giraffe and a zebra.

On the plaza, a surprise awaits the viewer....

Starting as mere geometrical hints in the tunnel leading from the subway to the outside world, the young okapi grows to become recognizable, running trough the walls leading outside. On the plaza, a surprise awaits the viewer. The animal seen in the mural has magically shifted into a three dimensional form, walking freely on the plaza in the form of a classical bronze sculpture.

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The finishing touches are made with traditional green patina, bringing to life the stripes so typical of the okapi animal. 

What we did?

Our role in this project was to facilitate the collaborative process between the city, the artist, and all the engineers and other professionals involved, in any way possible. As it was the first public commissioned artwork for the young Mattila, we were able to support a very talented artist start her career in public art. We prepared legal contracts, helped the artist read architectural drawings, made a million calls, wrote memos, and generally made sure that all kinds of professionals involved could concentrate on their own work, resulting in smooth collaboration. Both us and the client were very happy with the result!

 The sculpture at the foundry before installation. P.S. In nature, baby okapis manage to follow their mother by following her striped behind. Photo:  Lotta Mattila

The sculpture at the foundry before installation. P.S. In nature, baby okapis manage to follow their mother by following her striped behind. Photo: Lotta Mattila