General / 02.04.2019

Plenty of workshops are held this spring in Karakallio when community artwork by Tiina Herttua and Karakallio Creative go to schools and kindergartens. The theme in the workshops has been bugs in nature."Snails" "spiders" "ants" "butterflies" are the children saying enthusiastically when the artist Tiina Herttua asks what all bugs do they know.This spring the community artwork is progressed by hundreds of art pieces. The first workshop was held last year in the residents' art day in May. Since then the workshops have been organized several times. The final artwork will be gathered from all these hundreds of art pieces by all age participants.The first workshop was held in the residents' art day in 2018.Every small artwork is a unique and vital piece of large artwork.The artwork will be placed in Karakallio this year. All the hundreds of participants can go after years and years to see their handprints in the artwork. ...

General / 15.11.2018

New tricks and techniques for creative photography – that’s on at Karatalo in the workshops instructed by visual artist Vilma Pimenoff. So far, the workshops have been a success! A talented and highly experienced Helsinki-based visual artist Vilma Pimenoff has built an interesting and easy to follow content for the workshops. Through different types of photography exercises the participant learns to view familiar things from a new perspective. At the end, the pictures taken during the workshops are compiled into a postcard collection.A fun and laid-back workshop is a great place to improve your­ photography skills and to see, how a professional photographer works. This is also a good place to meet other locals. Two workshops down, two still to go. Everyone is welcome to join! Next workshops are organized at 9.2. and 27.4. at 12–15....

General / 12.11.2018

At September Karakallio Creative got an expected guest, when New York -based blog Brooklyn Street Art paid a visit to Karakallio. Brooklyn Street Art is without doubt one of the most influential and up-to-date blog site, that reveals the fresh and exciting stuff going on in the art scene of urban- and public space around the world.  Jaime Rojo and Steven P. Harrington, the guys behind BSA, were already familiar with the philosophy and visions of Karakallio Creative, so there were many enthusiastic discussions on initiative’s future plans and projects next to come. BSA got to know the Karakallio surrounding and checked out the current artworks in the area. At the same time a Spanish sculptor Isaac Cordal was in Karakallio implementing his installation as part of UPEA18-festival. BSA was curiously following, how Cordal’s cement eclipses were spreading around the neighborhood.  A huge privilege to get these street art connoisseurs to visit Karakallio. Thank you Brooklyn Street Art, it was a pleasure!   You can read more on BSA’s blog post: https://www.brooklynstreetart.com/2018/09/27/isaac-cordal-at-upea-art-festival-2018-finland-dispatch-3/ ...

General, News / 06.11.2018

World-class audiovisual experiences, magical light art, participatory workshops – Koe Karakallio Creative -event offers a unique opportunity to experience a luxurious light art spectacle this weekend at Karakallio, Espoo. A free outdoor event for all ages takes place nearby Karakallio shopping center on 10th–11th of November, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.   The headliner of the event is an immersive light artwork ‘Submergence’ by British media art group Squidsoup. ‘Submergence’ has toured major international festivals and now it arrives to Karakallio for the weekend. A breathtaking interactive light artwork is a comprehensive experience, that strongly affects the senses.Picture: Squidsoup Submergence (Quays Culture, Salford Quays)   Other acts on Koe Karakallio Creative -event:   All Walls -collective: An interactive installation ‘Framed’   Tiina Herttua: A workshop for communal artwork   Deos: A participatory street art workshop   Kiss & Wezando: A participatory UV-light art workshop  Picture: All Walls -collective 'Framed' installation  Picture: Tiina Herttua, a workshop for communal artwork  Picture: There will be plenty of participatory workshops in Karakallio Creative 10.-11.11. You can also experience Karakallio Creative’s permanent artworks in a new light as murals by Teemu Mäenpää and by Pastel will be illuminated for the weekend. Take a rickshaw ride and put binoculars on your nose, and you can spot twenty miniature sculptures...

General / 11.10.2018

Take a good look around and you can find 20 miniature sculptures around Karakallio. A Spanish sculptor Isaac Cordal implemented an amazing installation as part of UPEA18-festival in collaboration with Karakallio Creative. These tiny cement eclipses, shaped as a male, are in a way telling a story about a stereotypical man, who runs the world today. Through his insightful art, Isaac Cordal deals with big themes such as politics, poverty, climate change and ongoing conflicts around the world. By creating specifically small artworks, he gets a kind of freedom to play with dimensions in public space. Cordal is worried, that atmosphere in public space is gradually turning too controlled, when everything is banned. By creating urban art, he fights against that unpleasant change.Pictures: Iiro Rautiainen...

General / 02.07.2018

Initiative Karakallio Creative got a great start when Sipoo-based visual artist Tiina Herttua began to implement a spectacular communal artwork right after the project was launched. The first workshop for the piece was held in the resident’s art day at the beginning of May. Nearly two hundred locals captured their own handprints on the tiles, of which Herttua will assemble the actual artwork.Herttua has already revealed some visions regarding the piece. She told, that she finds the area’s archipelago-type atmosphere and the historic layers of the place interesting. Herttua hopes, the locals will experience the artwork as their own. The result of this fine communal artwork will be exposed next year when the piece will be placed on its spot. Meanwhile, the workshops continue.Another art project as well started in Karakallio right in the beginning. An Argentinian top-class artist Pastel captured some Finnish nature to the street scene of Karakallio when he painted the end wall of an apartment block.The first two artists of the project, both of them, deal with a nature theme in their art. Through her art, Herttua views a relationship between human and nature. Pastel, for his part, tries to remind us that nature has been...

General / 08.06.2018

If you’re into suburb-exoticism at all, I recommend you to take a bike ride through Karakallio. Only driving by car through the neighborhood, you miss the beauty of the area. You have to dive between the apartment blocks to notice that the suburb is still on its original outfit. So far it has avoided large-scale complementary constructions. The buildings are sited loosely and there are beautiful rocks between them. The forest is only a few steps away, from where you find well-kept jogging paths and thick hummocks full of berries.Karakallio, aka Kartsi, is familiar to me already from my childhood. I lived only a stone’s throw away from Karakallio, in Rastaala – in the area that was mostly about waving fields back in the 70’s, whereas today it’s packed with fancy houses. With the girls from the neighbor, we biked to Kartsi to have ice cream and to swim in the shopping center’s paddling pool. As we were teens, we were spotting the Kartsi-boys with their motorbikes wearing denim vests with tags of AC/DC or Iron Maiden. Now rollators are spinning around the shopping center. There’s plenty of elderly in Karakallio but children and youth as well. Total number of...

General, News / 12.03.2018

People appreciate art in their environment. The survey done by TNS in 2016 showed a strong support for public art. Even 75 % of Finns want public art to their environment. Art increases the attractiveness of the area and enlivens the neighborhood.The philosophy of Upeart collective is that art belongs to everyone. By bringing art outside the museums and art galleries it becomes a natural part of our everyday life.Professional artist Teemu Mäenpää accomplished a public artwork to Karakallio during UPEA17-festival. The implementation of the work was exceptionally holistic. At first, Mäenpää moved to Karakallio for a week on purpose to get to know the residents and to absorb the atmosphere of the area. By exploring the area Mäenpää met this one couple, Esko Ketola, 85, and Ritva Ketola, 83. He captured their kiss into a photo and then into a large mural painting on the wall of the apartment building the couple lives.The mural Teemu created tells a story about love which has been present in the building since its construction (over 50 years!).The piece has received a positive reaction among the locals and widely elsewhere. Karakallio residents celebrated the completion of the artwork by organizing a ceremony. One of the main goals of Karakallio Creative project is that art offers a natural platform for communal and participatory activity.The City of Espoo...

General, News / 12.03.2018

Exciting things are happening right now – Karakallio Creative project is officially launched, the website is open and the action around the project is accelerating. Currently, the exact locations for the first artworks are being checked and the communication with the first phase artists is active.Let’s go back to where it all began.Upeart collective and the Cultural Unit of the City of Espoo had for some time thought about the idea of implementing an arts district in Espoo. Upeart has a solid experience of boosting out public art whereas the city of Espoo is an innovative and sustainable cultural city that wants culture to be available to all its inhabitants.The cultural policy for the future of The City of Espoo ponders the importance of art in everyday life:"The value for culture and art cannot be measured by material benefits of culture and art, but by playing with the idea of what kind of city Espoo would be without culture." (KulttuuriEspoo 2030)Karakallio fits particularly well for arts district because of its suitable building stock and its convenient location, not to forget the delightful characteristics of the area. Because of the compact size of the neighborhood, the surrounding nature and the strong residential community activism, Karakallio is almost like a village inside a...

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